How long does it really take to fly from Albuquerque to Flagstaff? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Flagstaff, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.
Thursday, 10:28 am: start in Albuquerque
drive for about 12 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 11:35 am at the latest
10:40 am: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 12:05 pm
11:10 am: get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time
12:10 pm: arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate
12:40 pm: prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat
12:55 pm: board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
1:05 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes
1:25 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 11 minutes to taxi to the runway
1:36 pm: wheels up! take-off from ABQ
fly for about 55 minutes in the air
1:31 pm (local time): Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Phoenix, AZ is 1 hour behind Albuquerque, NM
so the time in Albuquerque is actually 2:31 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate
1:38 pm (local time): arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight
2:10 pm (local time): get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 32 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run
2:25 pm (local time): board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
2:35 pm (local time): scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes
2:38 pm (local time): actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway
2:57 pm (local time): wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 26 minutes in the air
4:23 pm (local time): Flagstaff Pulliam (FLG)
Flagstaff is the same time as Albuquerque
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate
4:27 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at FLG
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 12 minutes to your destination
4:39 pm (local time): arrive in Flagstaff
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from ABQ to FLG and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Albuquerque to Flagstaff including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 3 hours
How far is Flagstaff from Albuquerque? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 283 miles or 456 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 6 hours, 11 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 6.2x faster, and saves you about 5 hours in your total travel time.
Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.
This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.
Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from ABQ to PHX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from PHX to FLG, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.
We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:
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The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Flagstaff to Albuquerque, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.
You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Albuquerque to Flagstaff road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Albuquerque to Flagstaff?
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