Grand Canyon Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1927 (1927)
AOC #GCNA035A[1]
Fleet size21
HeadquartersTusayan, Arizona, U.S.
Key people
  • Charles Bassett
  • Mike McComb
  • Craig Sanderson

Grand Canyon Airlines is a 14 CFR Part 135 air carrier headquartered on the grounds of Boulder City Municipal Airport in Boulder City, Nevada, United States. It also has bases at Grand Canyon National Park Airport and Page Municipal Airport, both in Arizona.[2] It operates sightseeing tours and charter service over and around the Grand Canyon. Its headquarters and main operation center is Grand Canyon National Park Airport and Boulder City Municipal Airport.[3] The company slogan is With Grand Canyon Airlines, Your Memories are Cleared for Takeoff!

The airline is owned by Elling Halvorson and had 600 employees as of October 2019.[3] Grand Canyon Airlines introduced commercial airline service to Boulder City Airport (predecessor to the contemporary airport) on June 15, 1936.[4]


The airline was started in 1927 as Scenic Airways by J. Parker Van Zandt at Grand Canyon, Arizona with a Stinson SM-1 Detroiter and Ford Trimotor aircraft. On February 23, 1929, the opening day of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Scenic Airways dropped a wooden key on the roof of the hotel's ballroom. The key is on display above the fireplace of the Biltmore History Room.[5]

Scenic Airways changed its name to Grand Canyon Airlines in 1930, and Grand Canyon Airlines is believed[according to whom?] to be the world's oldest air tour company in continuous operations.

Two Grand Canyon Airlines pilots were the first to spot the wreckage left by the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision, between United and TWA aircraft. Pilots Henry and Palin Hudgen had been flying a scheduled service around the area at the time.[6]

On March 29, 2007, Scenic Airlines was sold to Grand Canyon Airlines and was subsequently renamed Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. The airline continued to operate from the Boulder City airport providing services to Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, Monument Valley, Utah, and Rainbow Bridge, Utah. At that time, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines continued to operate sightseeing flight services to the Grand Canyon every day of the year.

On March 19, 2009 Grand Canyon Airlines moved its operations at the Boulder City airport into the company's new Boulder City Aerocenter, a 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) terminal.[7]


A Grand Canyon Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter on approach to Boulder City
City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
Arizona Arizona
Grand Canyon West Grand Canyon West Airport GCW Boulder City
Grand Canyon South Grand Canyon National Park Airport GCN Suspended
Page Page Municipal Airport PGA Suspended
Nevada Nevada
Boulder City Boulder City Municipal Airport BLD Grand Canyon West
Grand Canyon South Suspended
Page Suspended


A Grand Canyon Airlines Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on approach to Boulder City Municipal Airport

As of May 2020 the Grand Canyon Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Grand Canyon Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter[9] 13
Cessna 208B Caravan[10] 8

Accidents and incidents


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  2. ^ Our Location Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine." Grand Canyon Airlines. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 87.
  4. ^ McBride, Dennis (February 2005). "Boulder City History". Boulder City – The Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2022 – via
  5. ^ "Arizona Biltmore: The Jewel of the Desert • Outside Suburbia Travel". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  6. ^ Blind Trust, by John J. Nance, William Morrow & Co., Inc. (USA), 1986, ISBN 0-688-05360-2, PP 96-97
  7. ^ Spillman, Benjamin (2009-03-20). "Happy landings in Boulder City". Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  8. ^ "Grand Canyon Airlines". 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  9. ^ "Aircraft | Grand Canyon Airlines". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  10. ^ "Aircraft | Grand Canyon Airlines". Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  11. ^ "N76GC accident description page". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  12. ^ "Photo Sharing. Your Photos Look Better Here". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  13. ^ "N75GC accident description page". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  14. ^ "Photo Sharing. Your Photos Look Better Here". Retrieved 2020-12-23.