Travelers to and from Flagstaff can currently choose from among six flights per day to or from Phoenix, Arizona’s Sky Harbor Airport, on U.S. Airways Express. Departure times are conveniently spread over the day to allow travelers to make connections in Phoenix. U.S. Airways Express operates comfortable Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets for all its flights, with an approximate flight time to Phoenix of 55 minutes. More than 60,000 passengers per year arrive or depart Flagstaff on U.S. Airways Express.
The airport averages about 90 arrivals and departures per day including general aviation, commercial traffic, air taxis, and occasional military use.
Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport was opened for service on its present site, three miles south of Flagstaff, in late 1948. For several years, civic leaders were aware of the need for an airport with longer runways and a clearer approach than the then-existing airfield north of town in Doney Park.
Today’s modern facility and beautiful air terminal had its beginnings with a 6,000-foot runway with landing lights where Arizona Airways began daily mail and passenger service in 1949. In 1990, Flagstaff voters approved bonds to match federal and state grants for a new terminal, new apron, parking lots, modern utilities, hangers and landscaping. Along with the completion of the new terminal in 1993, the airport had a new instrument landing and lighting system.
Pulliam Airport’s runway was recently lengthened to 8,800 feet.
John F. Kennedy arrived at Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport for a campaign visit on April 9, 1960.
The first man to walk on the moon, Neal Armstrong, arrived at the airport with eight other astronauts on January 16, 1963. Flagstaff was already known for an emerging science, astrogeology, at the U.S. Geologic Survey. Astronauts came to Flagstaff, donned spacesuits, and trained in the harsh landscapes of some local cinder hills and craters.
Wiseman Aviation is a full service provider for general aviation at Pulliam Airport.