The flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours, 56 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA on time.
15 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 28 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 47m
3h 54m
3h 55m
3h 56m
4h 2m
4h 7m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Reverse Journey

4 hours, 20 minutes

Flights Per Week



1744 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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 Los Angeles on time
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 208 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Chicago 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 10 minutes. For example, from Los Angeles to Chicago, 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
Frontier 87% 13% 0%
United 86% 13% 1%
Southwest 84% 15% 1%
American 84% 15% 1%
Virgin 82% 18% 0%
Spirit 82% 17% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles and Chicago, 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
Southwest 11 209 5 227
United 15 207 11 234
Virgin 12 209 13 235
Spirit 12 209 11 236
American 18 209 12 242
Frontier 16 210 16 247

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
0am 1.42
1am 0.71
5am 1.04
6am 2.97
7am 1.47
8am 1.25
9am 3.11
10am 2.28
11am 2.05
12pm 1.29
1pm 2.4
2pm 2.32
3pm 0.5
4pm 0.91
5pm 2.56
6pm 0.9
7pm 0.35
8pm 0.16
10pm 0.74
11pm 2.14

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to Chicago 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 826
February 757
March 888
April 882
May 930
June 969
July 1031
August 1041
September 957
October 990
November 946
December 933

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to Chicago 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 31.6
Tuesday 31.7
Wednesday 32.2
Thursday 30.9
Friday 31.4
Saturday 27.4
Sunday 29.3

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 80
American 64
Southwest 39
Spirit 14
Virgin 13
Frontier 5

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
0am 17 208 10 236
1am 17 209 14 243
5am 15 211 11 238
6am 15 210 9 236
7am 15 209 12 238
8am 14 208 11 235
9am 15 208 12 237
10am 13 208 14 237
11am 16 209 13 241
12pm 13 209 11 235
1pm 17 210 13 242
2pm 14 209 11 237
3pm 12 206 7 227
4pm 12 208 8 229
5pm 13 207 8 232
6pm 10 206 5 222
7pm 13 204 6 226
8pm 12 205 5 222
10pm 17 203 7 228
11pm 18 206 8 233
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.