Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County

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Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County

Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (IATA: RHV, ICAO: KRHV, FAA LID: RHV) is located in the eastern part of San Jose, south of San Francisco Bay, in Santa Clara County, California, USA. The airport is owned by Santa Clara County.

Reid-Hillview is a general aviation airport; there is no scheduled airline service. However, as with most general aviation airports air charter operations are available. The airport has a control tower that operates 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The FAA classifies Reid-Hillview as a reliever airport for San Jose International Airport, providing public access via general aviation to the San Jose area while separating the faster and slower traffic to different airports.


Groundbreaking for Reid-Hillview airport came in 1937. Bob and Cecil Reid first built the Garden City Airport in 1935, which was quickly closed to make room for U.S. Route 101. Their second site was northwest of the Hillview golf course, hence the name. Until 1946, the single runway at the airport was unpaved.

Reid-Hillview was a single runway airport until 1965, when a second runway was added. The control tower was added in October 1967.

The airport became the origin for an emergency supply airlift to the Watsonville Municipal Airport following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, after mountain and coastal roads were blocked, cutting off Santa Cruz and Watsonville from relief efforts by ground. The Watsonville Airport estimates that it received 100 tons of supplies via the airlift during the week following the quake. John McAvoy and Bill Dunn of the Reid-Hillview Airport Association received the 1990 Grand Award from the Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission for organizing the airlift.

In 2010, San Jose State University's Aviation program relocated to Reid-Hillview. The University operates out of the Swift Building, where it holds classes during the academic year.

Fixed base operators

At Reid-Hillview, fixed base operators (FBOs) compete for fuel sales, aircraft rentals and/or flight training.

  • Air Accord
  • AeroDynamic Aviation, formerly Amelia Reid Aviation
  • Nice Air Aviation
  • Squadron 2 Flying Club
  • Trade Winds Aviation
  • Aerial Avionics
Ground transportation

Capitol Expressway (County Route G21) is at the entrance to the airport at Cunningham Ave.


Taxis are not located on-field. They may be dispatched by phone to the terminal building.

Rental cars (Enterprise) are located in the same building with the Airport Shoppe at the airport entrance.


The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has its Eastridge Transit Center across Tully Road at Eastridge Mall, about 1/2 mile walk southbound along Capitol Expressway. For transit options, see a Google Transit search starting from Reid-Hillview Airport.

VTA has future plans for a bus rapid transit line from the Diridon train station in downtown San Jose to the Eastridge Transit Center. Further distant future plans with less certain funding include a light rail extension from the Alum Rock station to Eastridge. In both cases, the segment along Capitol Expressway would serve Reid-Hillview.


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