The flight time from Chicago to Los Angeles is 4 hours, 23 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL on time.
19 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 51 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Los Angeles is 4 hours, 23 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 51 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Los Angeles is 1744 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Chicago
3 hours, 57 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

4h 22m
4h 22m
4h 23m
4h 32m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1744 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Chicago from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Chicago to Los Angeles by plane is 1744 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The flight time from Chicago to Los Angeles is 4 hours, 23 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 51 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with American being the fastest taking 4 hours, 22 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 4 hours, 32 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

American, Alaska, Spirit, and United are the airlines with direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Southwest does not fly from Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 Chicago on time
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 231 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 4 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 Chicago to Los Angeles, Spirit is 86% reliable, which means that Spirit flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 86% 12% 2%
United 79% 20% 1%
American 76% 21% 3%
Alaska 74% 25% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago and Los Angeles, 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
United 21 229 8 262
American 17 232 9 262
Spirit 15 234 8 263
Alaska 25 235 8 272

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
10am 1.49
4pm 0.75
7am 1.11
8pm 1.37
8am 1.3
2pm 1.01
11am 1.2
5pm 1.37
1pm 1.5
12pm 1.27
6pm 1.47
6am 1.16
9pm 0.72
9am 1.5
10pm 0.48
3pm 2.44
7pm 1.48

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Los Angeles 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 643
February 575
March 663
April 648
May 700
June 678
July 724
August 711
September 667
October 668
November 664
December 683

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Los Angeles 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 22.42
Tuesday 22.15
Wednesday 22.25
Thursday 22.85
Friday 22.52
Saturday 20.35
Sunday 21.77

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
United 1
American 1
Spirit 0
Alaska 0

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
In the Air
Taxi In
10am 25 232 8 268
4pm 16 235 7 263
7am 16 232 13 267
8pm 19 229 9 263
8am 20 227 10 261
2pm 21 231 7 261
11am 16 233 7 259
5pm 19 229 8 258
1pm 19 229 8 261
12pm 18 233 7 261
6pm 24 230 8 265
6am 16 228 12 259
9pm 20 228 8 260
9am 16 233 9 265
10pm 16 229 10 259
3pm 18 232 8 262
7pm 24 232 9 269
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.