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Travel time from Tucson to Lake Havasu City

Tucson to Lake Havasu City airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Tucson to Lake Havasu City? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Lake Havasu City, 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, 7:30 am:  start in Tucson
drive for about 22 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:47 am at the latest

7:52 am:  Tucson International (TUS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:17 am

8:22 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

9:22 am:  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

9:52 am:  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

10:07 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:17 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

10:29 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:45 am:  wheels up! take-off from TUS
fly for about 1 hour in the air

10:57 am (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is 1 hour behind Tucson, AZ
so the time in Tucson is actually 11:57 am
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

11:06 am (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

1:05 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 1 hour, 59 minutes

1:20 pm (local time):  board Great Lakes Airlines connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:30 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:45 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 5 minutes in the air

2:45 pm (local time):  Kingman Airport (IGM)
Lake Havasu City is 1 hour ahead of Los Angeles, CA
and the same time as Tucson
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

3:00 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IGM
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 3 hours to your destination

5:53 pm (local time):  arrive in Lake Havasu City

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from TUS to IGM 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 Tucson to Lake Havasu City 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: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Tucson to Lake Havasu City

How far is Lake Havasu City from Tucson? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 251 miles or 404 km

Flight time: 1 hour

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 10 hours, 23 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 10.4x faster, and saves you about 9.5 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.

Lake Havasu City Airports
  1. Kingman Airport

Airlines that fly to Lake Havasu City

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and Great Lakes Airlines 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)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  3. Great Lakes Airlines (ZK)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  5. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)

Plan a trip to Lake Havasu City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Lake Havasu City. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Lake Havasu City like Cool, off the beaten path place to stay overnight in Lake Havasu. Click the button below to explore Lake Havasu City 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 Lake Havasu City to Tucson, 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 Tucson to Lake Havasu City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Tucson to Lake Havasu City?

If you happen to know Tucson, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Tucson!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 251 miles
flight time of 1 hour
53 Tucson travel answers
7 Lake Havasu City travel answers

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