The flight time from Houston to Los Angeles is 3 hours, 30 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves IAH Houston, TX 1 minute early.
16 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 3 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 5 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Houston to Los Angeles is 3 hours, 30 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 3 minutes.

The flight distance from Houston to Los Angeles is 1379 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Houston
3 hours, 10 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 29m
3h 30m
3h 30m
3h 30m
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



1379 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Houston from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Houston to Los Angeles by plane is 1379 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Houston to Los Angeles?

The flight time from Houston to Los Angeles is 3 hours, 30 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 3 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 3 hours, 29 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 3 hours, 30 minutes.

What airlines fly from Houston to Los Angeles?

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

Does Southwest fly from Houston to Los Angeles?

Southwest does not fly from Houston (IAH) 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 Houston 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 183 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 5 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 Houston to Los Angeles, American is 83% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 83% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 88% 12% 0%
Spirit 85% 12% 3%
United 85% 13% 2%
American 83% 15% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Houston 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
Spirit 13 185 7 209
Delta 13 184 10 210
United 18 182 7 210
American 16 183 7 210

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
5am 0.17
2pm 0.85
9pm 0.49
10pm 0.1
1pm 0.26
8am 0.14
6am 1.16
5pm 0.91
7am 2.26
7pm 1.01
4pm 1.26
3pm 0.78
11pm 0.01
6pm 0.9
8pm 0.51
12pm 0.93
10am 0.41
11am 0.28
9am 0.62

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Houston 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 442
February 205
March 273
April 337
May 381
June 410
July 457
August 477
September 441
October 478
November 467
December 475

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Houston 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 13.79
Tuesday 13.12
Wednesday 13.06
Thursday 13.56
Friday 13.52
Saturday 12.58
Sunday 13.52

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
Spirit 0
Delta 0
American 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
5am 11 173 8 195
2pm 17 186 6 212
9pm 14 183 8 207
10pm 12 178 12 204
1pm 15 185 7 207
8am 12 190 8 214
6am 13 187 7 210
5pm 14 183 8 209
7am 15 181 10 210
7pm 17 184 6 209
4pm 17 185 6 211
3pm 14 185 7 209
11pm 14 178 8 200
6pm 18 178 7 206
8pm 17 183 7 210
12pm 17 186 7 212
10am 22 183 7 215
11am 18 177 9 206
9am 19 178 7 208
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.