Want to fly to Coachella in under an hour? New flights added for festival

Miguel performs at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's second weekend during the 2018 music festival.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

If you want a quick way to get to the Coachella music fest in April, consider flying. American Airlines recently added nonstop flights between L.A. and Palm Springs for festival-goers.

It’s a journey on American that can take as long as 9 hours and 55 minutes, starting in L.A. and stopping in San Diego and Phoenix before arriving in Palm Springs.

The airline will operate a handful of quick flights April 12 to 14, and April 19-21 for those attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Indio’s Empire Polo Club. Headliners this year include Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande.

American’s flights (operated as American Eagle) will leave LAX at 2:40 p.m. April 12 and 19, and 7 a.m. April 15 and 22. Return flights from Palm Springs leave at 4:31 p.m. April 12 and 19, and 9:08 a.m. April 15 and 22.


Flights may take 45 minutes to an hour, and prices vary according to seat section and date. For example, a round-trip basic economy fare leaving L.A. on April 12 cost $429, based on an online check Monday.

United Airlines regularly flies nonstop flights between LAX and Palm Springs under the United Express brand. For example, a round-trip ticket leaving L.A. on April 12 would cost $399, according to the airline’s website.