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Flight Options for Sedona

Sedona is beautiful — some would say mystical- and much of its mystique comes from its relative remoteness from the rest of the world, which is somewhat perplexing when you consider that it's centrally located in one of the fastest-growing states in America. While an airport is the namesake of the Airport Mesa Vortex, the Sedona Airport, "America's Most Scenic," remains open only for private planes.

So, if you don't live entirely within driving distance from Sedona, you'll need to fly into a near-ish airport. From nearest to most distance, options include:

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01 Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

A public sign welcoming visitors to Sedona with the famous red rocks in the background.

Located just south of Flagstaff proper, FLG is only 25.6 miles away north of the heart of Sedona, or a 40-minute drive without traffic. Once you exit the airport, you can take Highway 89A directly to Sedona.

As of April 2024, only four daily commercial flights arrive in Flagstaff—three from Phoenix (PHX) and one from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), all on American Airlines. Likewise, only four flights depart from Flagstaff (FLG) daily—three to Phoenix (PHX) and one to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).

Looking for a much-needed vacation? We’ve found some of the hottest flight deals from Kayak.com round trip to Flagstaff. Here's a sample of round trip fares and average travel time (to and from) for the "best" flights leaving on May 3, 2024, and returning on May 7, 2024, as accessed on March 20, 2024, from the following cities are:

  • Atlanta (ATL): $406 - 6h20m (one stop)
  • Austin (AUS): $361 - 5h37m (one stop)
  • Calgary (YYC): $886 CAD - 19h17m (two stops)
  • Chicago (ORD): $377 - 5h30m (one stop)
  • Dallas (DFW): $412 - 4h27m (one stop)
  • Denver (DEN): $288 - 4h54m (one stop)
  • Detroit (DTW): $412 - 8h00m (one stop)
  • Houston (HOU): $372 - 6h38m (one stop)
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $261 - 3h32m (one stop)
  • Miami (MIA): $364 - 7h56m (one stop)
  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP): $521 - 5h37m (one stop)
  • New York/Newark (EWR): $494 - 8h37m (one stop)
  • Philadelphia (PHL): $473 - 7h09m (one stop)
  • Phoenix (PHX): $354 - 51m
  • San Diego (SAN): $313 - 3h13m (one stop)
  • San Francisco Bay Area (SFO): $286 3h56m (one stop)
  • Seattle (SEA): $479 5h15m (one stop)
  • Toronto (YYZ): $967 CAD 10h49m (one stop)
  • Washington DC (DCA): $569 8h45m (one stop)

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Check out the best deals for a flight to Flagstaff on Kayak.

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02 Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)

Subway cave in Sedona Arizona

PHX is located just 120 miles south of Sedona, so travel time should be roughly two hours. And if you choose to stay in Oak Creek or Camp Verde, your travel time from the hotel to the airport will be shorter.

In peak season, you can fly non-stop from over 100 cities throughout North America daily.

Airlines that fly into PHX include Advanced Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American, Breeze Airways, British Airways, Condor Airlines, Contour Airlines, Delta, Denver Air Connection, Flair, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United, Volaris, and WestJet.

If you don't want to drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Groome Transportation provides a shuttle service for $63 per person directly from the PHX airport.

With an abundance of both airlines and direct flights, PHX is likely going to be the more convenient option than Flagstaff. Our friends at Kayak.com have some amazing offers available for flights to Sedona. Let's take a look at sample airfares to PHX

  • Atlanta (ATL): $228 - 3h57m
  • Calgary (YYC): $718 CAD - 3h07m
  • Chicago (ORD): $72 - 3h47m
  • Dallas (DFW): $88 - 2h38m
  • Denver (DEN): $72 - 1h57m
  • Detroit (DTW): $202 - 4h07m
  • Houston (HOU): $238 - 2h45m
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $48 - 1h27m
  • Miami (MIA): $298 - 4h47m
  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP): $79 - 3h20m
  • New York/Newark (EWR): $585 - 5h 07m
  • Philadelphia (PHL): $125 - 10h08m (one stop)
  • San Diego (SAN): $48 - 1h20m
  • San Francisco Bay Area (SFO): $102 - 2h12m
  • Seattle (SEA): $67 - 3h14m
  • Toronto (YYZ): $744 CAD - 4h 27m
  • Washington DC (DCA): $193 - 8h42m (one stop)

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Check out the best deals for a flight to Phoenix on Kiwi.com.

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03 Harry Reid International Airport - Las Vegas (LAS)

Many travelers like to combine their trip to Sedona with a visit to other sites in Southern Nevada, Southern Utah, and Northern Arizona, such as the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. If you're in that camp, Las Vegas may be the best place for you to fly into.

The drive from LAS takes 4 hours and 15 minutes, approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes longer than the drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) to Sedona. The Grand Canyon is located 4 hours and 10 minutes from LAS and 3 hours and 31 minutes from PHX. The Grand Canyon and Sedona are located just over 2 hours away from each other.

If you're ready for an epic journey to Las Vegas through the American Southwest, including stops in Sedona and the Grand Canyon, our friends at Kayak.com have some amazing flights available.

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If both convenience and cost are equal, Phoenix is likely your preferred launching pad for a Sedona getaway. Over 1200 planes fly into Phoenix (PHX) daily versus Las Vegas (LAS) 500, but LAS serves more daily passengers - 141,000 vs. 120,000.

More airlines also fly into LAS. In addition to the same airlines that also fly into PHX, the following airlines fly into LAS:

  • Aeromexico (from Mexico City),
  • Air Canada Rouge (flights from Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)),
  • Avelo Airlines (from Bend/Redmond, OR (RDM), Salem, OR (SLE) and Santa Rosa, CA (STS)), Canada Jetlines (Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)),
  • Avianca El Salvador (San Salvador (SAL)),
  • Copa Airlines (Panama City-Tocumen (PTY)),
  • Discover Airlines (Frankfurt (FRA)),
  • Edelweiss Air (Zurich (ZRH)),
  • JSX (Concord, CA (CCR), Dallas-Love (DAL), Denver-Rocky Mountain (BJC), and San Diego-Carlsbad (CLD) are some of its more unique direct flights)
  • KLM (Amsterdam (AMS))
  • Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon (ICN))
  • Porter (Toronto-Pearson (YYZ))
  • Virgin Atlantic (London-Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN))
  • Viva Aerobus (Mexico City (MEX), Monterrey (MTY))

LAS is also a hub for Allegiant, enabling visitors from outposts such as Knoxville, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, and other smaller metro areas to fly inexpensively to the area.

Let's take a look at sample airfares to LAS

  • Atlanta (ATL): $153 - 4h19m
  • Calgary (YYC): $594 CAD - 2h51m
  • Chicago (ORD): $123 - 3h52m
  • Dallas (DFW): $128 - 2h58m
  • Denver (DEN): $155 - 2h 00m
  • Detroit (DTW): $150 - 4h15m
  • Houston (HOU): $122 - 3h13m
  • Miami (MIA): $143 - 5h 17m
  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP): $139 - 3h17m
  • New York/Newark (EWR): $347 - 5h17m
  • Philadelphia (PHL): $243 - 5h11m
  • Phoenix (PHX): $58 - 1h13m
  • San Diego (SAN): $57 - 1h15m
  • San Francisco Bay Area (SFO): $196 - 1h42m
  • Seattle (SEA): $122 - 2h35m
  • Toronto (YYZ): $569 CAD - 4h38m
  • Washington DC (DCA): $283 - 8h59m

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Check out the best deals for a flight to Las Vegas on Kiwi.com.

Sedona Arizona - Cathedral Rock Viewpoint Photo by Michelle Williams on Unsplash

It'd be easy to lament a lack of options available when you're ready to take the plunge and visit the majestic red rocks of Sedona; consider the trek a part of the journey. A relatively short road trip will give everyone in your party ample time to decompress from the emotional rollercoaster of packing, security screening, and all of the elements included in an airplane journey. By the time you arrive, you'll be ready to receive all of the gifts Sedona has to offer.

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