Transportation options are plentiful in the greater Flagstaff area, giving visitors and residents easy and convenient options for traveling to and from the numerous destinations in the area and beyond. With rail, air, shuttles and roadways ready to fulfill any and all transportation needs, visitors can get in and around the Flagstaff area with ease.
Traveling by air just got sweeter for passengers traveling in and out of Flagstaff. American Airlines recently began offering seasonal direct service to Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. These two services come in addition to the Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.
The new flights will offer first class and economy sections on the 70-seat planes, giving travelers multiple options to choose from.
“Adding these flights has been a goal for the airport since August of 2010,” said Barney Helmick, Pulliam Airport director.
Helmick said these flights give international visitors extra options on where to connect in order to get to Flagstaff. He hopes these are just the first of many additional direct flights to and from Pulliam Airport.
“We are still talking to other airlines to add additional (direct flight) destinations,” Helmick said. “We are hoping to be able to, one day, offer nonstop flights to San Francisco and Denver.”
Tickets for the flights have been on sale since December and have seen a good success rate thus far.
“We hope to see 100 percent sold on these first test flights to help show the need for these direct flights here,” Helmick said.
For visitors coming to the area, Flagstaff’s train station is a must-see destination. The station is in the heart of downtown on Historic Route 66 near lodging, shopping and dining, and is also home to the city’s visitor center.
The station boasts amenities such as Amtrak ticketing, a gift shop, information and short or long term parking. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line is one of the most scenic routes in the country and runs through Flagstaff twice a day on its route between Chicago and Los Angeles.
For those looking to explore the surrounding area, Arizona Shuttle is a perfect choice. Arizona Shuttle provides 13 round trips daily, with service between Flagstaff, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon and Sedona.
Arizona Shuttle works closely with Amtrak in order to provide shuttles for a large majority of their patrons, said Matthew Hutchinson, operations manager for Arizona Shuttle in Flagstaff.
“In addition to Amtrak riders, we have a large number of people using our service to the Grand Canyon,” he said. “We make three runs per day from Flagstaff to the canyon.”
To get around on ground economically, bus travel in Flagstaff is the way to go. It’s an inexpensive way to see the area, and Mountain Line, managed by the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transit Authority, has a fleet of hybrid-electric buses that give passengers an affordable and convenient mode of transportation.
By Gennie Taylor