The flight time from Atlanta to Washington is 1 hour, 39 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves ATL Atlanta, GA 1 minute early.
15 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 18 minutes in the air
4 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DCA Washington, DC 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
87%
American
86%
Southwest
84%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Atlanta to Washington is 1 hour, 39 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 18 minutes.

The flight distance from Atlanta to Washington is 547 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Washington to Atlanta
1 hour, 49 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 36m
Delta
1h 38m
American
1h 45m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

137

Distance

547 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
78
American
30
Southwest
27

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Atlanta from Washington by plane?

The distance from Atlanta to Washington by plane is 547 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Atlanta to Washington?

The flight time from Atlanta to Washington is 1 hour, 39 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 18 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 36 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 45 minutes.

What airlines fly from Atlanta to Washington?

American, Delta, and Southwest are the airlines with direct flights from Atlanta to Washington.

Does Southwest fly from Atlanta to Washington?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Atlanta (ATL) to Washington (DCA). On average, they have 27 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Atlanta 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 78 minutes
Taxiing In 4 minutes
Arrives Washington 6 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Atlanta to Washington, Southwest is 84% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 87% 13% 0%
American 86% 11% 3%
Southwest 84% 14% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Atlanta and Washington, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Southwest 13 77 4 96
Delta 15 77 4 98
American 16 80 5 105

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
5pm 1.47
10am 1.32
10pm 1.01
5am 0.01
8am 1.05
12pm 1.08
8pm 1.24
9pm 0.39
11am 1.34
7am 1.3
3pm 1.46
2pm 0.62
7pm 1.77
4pm 1.29
6pm 0.12
1pm 0.89
6am 1.17
9am 1.8

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Atlanta to Washington that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 598
February 550
March 625
April 607
May 617
June 592
July 597
August 611
September 582
October 611
November 574
December 578

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Atlanta to Washington that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 20.52
Tuesday 20.58
Wednesday 20.77
Thursday 20.85
Friday 20.52
Saturday 14.63
Sunday 19.48

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
Delta 2
American 1
Southwest 1

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
5pm 15 80 4 101
10am 14 77 4 97
10pm 14 75 3 93
5am 19 72 5 97
8am 15 75 4 95
12pm 14 78 4 97
8pm 15 77 4 97
9pm 15 75 3 94
11am 18 78 4 101
7am 14 78 4 97
3pm 15 78 4 100
2pm 14 81 5 106
7pm 17 79 5 103
4pm 14 78 4 97
6pm 16 76 4 95
1pm 14 76 4 95
6am 14 78 5 100
9am 16 79 4 101
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.