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Sunshine Airport is the first course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The course takes place in an airport on an island and is the first airport course in the entire Mario Kart series.

The staff ghost kart setup is Rosalina driving the Circuit Special with Standard tires and the Super Glider.


Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The course begins in a terminal. After a hairpin turn, players will exit the terminal by taking a jump onto the Tarmac. After this, there is a small jump over a conveyor belt, after which the track proceeds under a jetliner. Once passing under the jetliner, a ramp leads to a raised track which then turns left. The track then splits into two alternate paths; one where a jump can be taken onto the wing of a plane, proceed through it and come out on the other wing, or one where the jump is not taken so the player drives under the plane.

Shortly after, players will take a left turn, and then hit some boost panels leading to a gliding section. The gliding section acts like you have entered a cannon, as you can't change the direction of where you want to glide. The gilding section ends at a very short anti-gravity section suspended in the air, which loops around to another gliding section. Players will land on a track that goes straight and then turns left and re-enters the terminal. There is one last right turn to the finish line.

At the finish, on the right a board can be seen, including names of other tracks, being among others Dolphin Shoals and Sweet Sweet Canyon. On the screens around the inside of the airport, a list of departures to other courses, such as Shy Guy Falls and Thwomp Ruins, can be seen. Posters of Water Park can also be seen.


  • One can cut off the left turn before the first gliding section if one uses a speed boosting item in the correct place.
  • The left turn into the terminal can be cut off if one boosts through the grass.
  • One can drive through an area with conveyors carrying luggage cutting off the final turn.


Staff Country Game Time Character Body Tires Glider
Nin★Leonel United States Mario Kart 8 2:24.429 Rosalina Circuit Special Standard Super Glider
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 2:20.447
Nin★Sho Japan 1:45.437 Luigi Jet Bike Metal Plane Glider



  • If one looks very closely while gliding, players can see the turtle rock from Koopa Troopa Beach.
  • The GalaxyAir posters reference Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Odd for any airport, jetliners are only seen taking off, never landing.
  • Inside the airport, a female intercom can be heard speaking. This can also be heard in Super Bell Subway.
    • Interestingly, Birdo is mentioned on the intercom.
  • Star-shaped islands can be seen in the sea in the background, possibly referring to the Star Cup the course is part of.
  • Like Super Bell Subway, there are signs around the track that advertise for other tracks.
  • There is a secret code that can be found on different parts of the track and it is "55402MS". If you unscramble the code, it is "10.04.02 MARIO SUNSHINE". This code means that Super Mario Sunshine was released on October 4, 2002!
  • Sweet Sweet Canyon was mentioned in the intercom in this track.
Previous track:
Shy Guy Falls
Current track:
Sunshine Airport
Next track:
Dolphin Shoals
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Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups Egg Cup+ GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup+ Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup+ GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup+ 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Battle Courses Mario Circuit* • Toad Harbor* • Wii Moo Moo Meadows* • GCN Dry Dry Desert* • SNES Donut Plains 3* • N64 Toad's Turnpike* • GCN Sherbet Land* • N64 Yoshi Valley*
Battle Stadium** • Sweet Sweet Kingdom** • Dragon Palace** • Lunar Colony** • 3DS Wuhu Town** • SNES Battle Course 1** • GCN Luigi's Mansion** • Urchin Underpass**
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. • ** - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.