Just a few miles from the Arizona and California border, Laughlin, Nevada, is nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, approximately 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas. While there is no public or private airport in Laughlin, air travelers frequently use nearby Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP), which is located in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
Located one mile southeast of Laughlin's city center, Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is the closest and only commercial airport within a 30-mile radius of the city. Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport was ranked the top Arizona airport in 2011 and features state-of-the-art security screening, a newly expanded baggage facility and three on-site rental car agencies.
Commercial Airline Options
Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is served by one commercial airline, American Airlines, which offers scheduled flights and round-trips to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Passengers can connect to over 50 destinations on one ticket by flying to or from Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport via Phoenix.
Charter and Private-Use Options
Travelers wishing to book a charter flight to Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport have access to several options, including Sun Country Airlines, Allegiant Air or Elite Airways. Chartered airfare can be booked through Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Riverside Resort Casino. Sun Valley Airport, which is also located in Bullhead City, is another option for charter plane travelers. Located 11 miles south of Laughlin's city center, Sun Valley Airport offers a single runway for charter planes, as well as airport-adjacent rental hangers and homes. Private jet travelers may fly into Willow Springs Ranch Airport, which is a private-use airport located approximately 26 miles northwest of Laughlin, NV in Golden Valley, Arizona. Private-use airports require owner permission before landing or take off Laughlin flights.
Laughlin visitors who fly into Bullhead City, Arizona, will be on Mountain Standard Time, which is observed statewide. In Laughlin, Nevada, the state observes Pacific Standard Time. In the summer months, Arizona is exempt from Daylight Savings Time, while Nevada recognizes Pacific Daylight Time.
Budget-conscious travelers looking for flight deals shouldn’t get a direct flight into Laughlin, but instead fly into nearby airport McCarran International in Las Vegas and take ground transportation, like car rentals, to Laughlin. This will allow getaway travelers to find cheap flights and save money on change fees in the case of last minute cancellations. Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer nonstop flights to the Laughlin area out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).