The flight time from Detroit to Houston is 3 hours, 3 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DTW Detroit, MI 2 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 36 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives IAH Houston, TX 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Spirit
84%
United
82%
Delta
80%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Detroit to Houston is 3 hours, 3 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 36 minutes.

The flight distance from Detroit to Houston is 1075 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Houston to Detroit
2 hours, 41 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Spirit
2h 56m
Delta
3h 3m
United
3h 4m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

72

Distance

1075 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

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Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
33
Delta
31
Spirit
6

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Detroit from Houston by plane?

The distance from Detroit to Houston by plane is 1075 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Detroit to Houston?

The flight time from Detroit to Houston is 3 hours, 3 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 36 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 2 hours, 56 minutes, and United the slowest taking 3 hours, 4 minutes.

What airlines fly from Detroit to Houston?

Spirit, United, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Detroit to Houston.

Does Southwest fly from Detroit to Houston?

Southwest does not fly from Detroit (DTW) to Houston (IAH). 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 Detroit 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 156 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Houston 9 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 Detroit to Houston, Spirit is 84% reliable, which means that Spirit flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 84% 15% 1%
United 82% 17% 1%
Delta 80% 20% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Detroit and Houston, 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)
Spirit 11 153 10 176
Delta 19 154 8 183
United 15 158 9 184

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
6am 1.22
12pm 0.98
4pm 0.67
5pm 0.76
2pm 0.24
6pm 0.46
3pm 1.33
9pm 0.01
5am 0.03
8am 2.6
11am 0.93
9am 0.01
8pm 1

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Houston 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 324
February 279
March 323
April 315
May 321
June 317
July 332
August 332
September 304
October 309
November 296
December 315

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Houston 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 10.92
Tuesday 10.65
Wednesday 10.6
Thursday 10.71
Friday 10.75
Saturday 8.5
Sunday 10.31

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
Delta 1
Spirit 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
6am 13 156 8 180
12pm 19 154 8 182
4pm 15 160 11 190
5pm 18 155 8 182
2pm 13 162 9 185
6pm 17 152 10 181
3pm 15 158 9 186
9pm 15 159 7 179
5am 16 144 8 165
8am 17 157 9 185
11am 14 159 9 183
9am 13 148 9 169
8pm 19 151 5 176
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.