Regularly scheduled flight service has been initiated in northwest Arizona. American Airlines made its first flight to the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport Thursday afternoon.

American Airlines will provide daily service, one flight each day, between the airport in Bullhead City and Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. Most northwest Arizonans drive to Las Vegas to fly from McCarron as there had been no flight service in Kingman, Lake Havasu City or Bullhead City.

A group of area dignitaries boarded the inaugural flight in Phoenix and landed in Bullhead city during the lunch hour. The plane returned to Phoenix after taking on passengers.

“Our most recent economic impact study indicates this new airservice will generate a regional economic impact of over $13-million annually,”Mohave County Airport Authority President John Hastings said in a news release. “One can no longer say ‘you can’t get here from there’. Instead we can safely say ‘our region is open to the world'”.

The airline will use 70-seat CRJ-700 aircraft to service the Bullhead City to Phoenix route.