Saluting New Nonstop Service Between Phoenix and Laughlin/Bullhead

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Traveling to Lake Havasu City is now easier than ever thanks to new nonstop service from Phoenix directly to Laughlin/Bullhead City, just an hour drive from our shores. You’ll be surprised how they greeted the first flight when it arrived.

The 100 spectators at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport went wild when the first American Airlines non-stop flight arrived from Phoenix last month. The 70-seat jet was greeted by a water cannon salute – giant sprays of water from fire trucks as it taxied to a stop. A cake and champagne celebration followed for the lucky first passengers, which is a whole lot better than a tiny bag of pretzels if you ask us.

“We have been waiting for nonstop service between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) for a really long time and were beyond excited when it landed,” said Jeremy Keating, Airport Director.

Adds John Hastings, President of the Mohave County Airport Authority, “The arrival of American Airlines marks a new era of economic growth and enhanced quality of life for the region as a whole. Each year, more than three million people come from around the country to stay at the region’s resorts, enjoy the Colorado River, and hike through the mountains of the Mohave Desert. Now, the airport will be able to connect those visitors and local residents to the international air travel network more efficiently.”

There is one midday flight per day each way, connecting through PHX with 307 daily flights serving 81 destinations in four countries. IFP’s extra long 8,500-ft. runway means it’s easier to take off in hot weather, thus reducing delays.

“We take pride in being such a convenient small airport. You can pull up to the front door to pick someone up. We have four rental car companies inside the terminal adjacent to baggage claim, with rental cars a short walk away,” said Keating.

“What’s more, the fares are competitive compared to flying to Las Vegas and driving 2-1/2 hours to Lake Havasu, not counting the shuttle bus to the LAS McCarran Rent-A-Car Center.”

Of course airfares change, and it depends on when you go, but recently Keating looked up a fare for one woman from Lake Havasu who flies to Miami through Las Vegas. It showed she could drive to IFP, park for free, and fly to Miami through Phoenix for less.

“There have been a lot of stories like that.”

When we heard the news about the new service, they had us at “free parking.” Indeed, you can park at IFP for free for 30 days. Try to find that at the Las Vegas Airport and you’ll be out of luck.

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Learn more about the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport at, which believe it or not, stands for International Fun Place. Truly. You learned it here first.

See video of the arrival ceremony here: