The airport, originally known as Gibbs Field, opened in 1937 with a single runway. In 1940, William (Bill) Gibbs leased the airport to Ryan School of Aeronautics to train Army Air Corps cadets to fly. The City of San Diego purchased the airport from Gibbs in 1947.
On May 20, 1950, the City of San Diego named the airport Montgomery Field in honor of John J. Montgomery, who is credited with making the first controlled flight in a fixed wing aircraft. Montgomery's first glider flight took place in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego in 1883.
On Jan. 28, 2016, the City of San Diego Council passed a resolution changing the name of the airport to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport to honor Bill Gibbs and establish a new vision by demonstrating a commitment to the flying public of providing high quality services and facilities.
Today, Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport is a busy general aviation airport. General aviation encompasses all aviation except air carrier and military. The types of general aviation aircraft that operate at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport include private, corporate, charter, air ambulance, law enforcement, fire rescue, flight training and cargo.
The FAA has classified Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport as a reliever airport for San Diego International Airport - Lindbergh Field. A reliever airport is an airport that serves general aviation aircraft that might otherwise use a congested air carrier airport. Airline passengers benefit by experiencing fewer delays due to air traffic congestion.
Runway 10L/28R: 4598 x 150 feet, asphalt, MIRL, PAPI, MALSR (28R), precision markings (28R), 1176 feet displaced threshold (28R)
Runway 10R/28L: 3401 x 60 feet, asphalt, REIL (28L), basic markings
Runway 5/23: 3400 x 75 feet, asphalt, basic markings, 390 feet displaced threshold (5)
Airport Elevation: 427 feet MSL
Tower: 119.2 MHz (1400–0500Z‡) RWY 28R use 125.7 MHz from (1800–0200Z‡) (1000-1800L) Tower Staffed (0600-2100L) Daily.
Ground: 118.22 MHz
Clearance Delivery: 123.725 MHz
ATIS: 126.9 MHz
Approach (SOCAL): 124.35 MHz
Departure (SOCAL): 119.6 MHz
CTAF: 119.2 MHz (2100 - 0600 L)
Pilot Controlled Lighting (MALSR/PAPI): 119.2 MHz
UNICOM: 122.95 MHz
Instrument Approaches: ILS OR LOC RWY 28R (111.7), RNAV (GPS) RWY 28R
Right Traffic Runways 28R and 10R
TPA Runways 10L-28R, 10R-28L, and 5-23: 1427 MSL (1000 AGL) single engine, 2027 MSL (1600 AGL) multi engine/turbine
MISSION BAY VORTAC (117.8) 4.8 nm WSW of airfield
Airspace: Class D (0600 - 2100L), otherwise Class G
Airport Operations Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 6:30 PM
* Office hours many vary due to Holidays, Staff out of office working on airport airside, and staff vacancies.
* If staff is out of the office, please email request to Airports@sandiego.gov or call and leave a message #858-573-1440
Please refer to Gate Card Policy PDF.
Submit Access Card Request Form, and email a photo to Airports@sandiego.gov with your name as the subject.
1. Print and take test Airport_Drivers_Training_Test.pdf
2. Scan and email test with your name as the subject to Airports@sandiego.gov
Advanced Aircraft Service: 858-560-7599
Cessna Service Center and aircraft maintenance
Fractional Jet Ownership and Private Air Charter Aircraft
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 & PC-24
Armed Forces Aero Club: 858-874-2322
Aviation Unlimited: 800-318-8001
Coast Flight Training and Management: 858-279-4359
Flight training and aircraft management services
Casa Machado: (858) 292-4716
Mexican food restaurant
Corporate Helicopters of San Diego: 858-505-5650
Helicopter tours, sales, filming and construction projects
Coast Air Center: 858-800-3878
Aircraft hangars and maintenance
Crownair Aviation: 858-277-1453
Fixed Base Operator and aircraft maintenance
Executive Airpark: 858-292-1181
Fixed Base Operator
Flex Air Flight Training: 758-727-4888
Four Points by Sheraton: 858-277-8888
Learn to Fly San Diego: 858-694-0198
Marv Golden: 858-569-5220 or 800-348-0014
Plus One Flyers
San Diego Air Tours: 888-236-7260
San Diego Flight Training International: 858-569-1822
Spiders Aircraft Service: 858-874-2374
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
Airport Operations: 858-573-1440
Airport Noise Abatement: 858-573-1436
For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions or call 858-573-1440.