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Travel time from Los Alamos (California) to Clovis

Los Alamos (California) to Clovis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Los Alamos (California) to Clovis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Clovis, 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.

Wednesday, 12:06 pm:  start in Los Alamos (California)
drive for about 44 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:15 pm at the latest

12:50 pm:  Santa Maria Public/Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field (SMX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:45 pm

1:05 pm:  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

1:35 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

1:50 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

2:05 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 31 minutes

2:46 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:02 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SMX
fly for about 43 minutes in the air

3:45 pm:  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as Santa Maria, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

3:49 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:27 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 2 hours, 38 minutes

6:42 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:52 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 18 minutes

7:10 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:30 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 31 minutes in the air

8:01 pm (local time):  Fresno Yosemite International (FAT)
Clovis is the same time as Los Alamos (California)
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

8:06 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at FAT
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 11 minutes to your destination

8:16 pm (local time):  arrive in Clovis

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SMX to FAT 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 Los Alamos (California) to Clovis 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: 4 hours

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Flying non-stop from Los Alamos (California) to Clovis

How far is Clovis from Los Alamos (California)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 147 miles or 237 km

Flight time: 38 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 8 hours, 11 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 9.7x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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.

Clovis Airports
  1. Fresno Yosemite International Airport
  2. Visalia Municipal Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Clovis

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SMX to SFO, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to FAT, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.

Airlines that fly to Clovis

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Clovis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Clovis, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Clovis. Click the button below to explore Clovis in detail.

What about the return flight?

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 Clovis to Los Alamos (California), 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 Los Alamos (California) to Clovis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Los Alamos (California) to Clovis?

If you happen to know Los Alamos (California), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Los Alamos (California)!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 147 miles
flight time of 38 minutes

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