The flight time from Los Angeles to Houston is 3 hours, 9 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 3 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 44 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives IAH Houston, TX 8 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Los Angeles to Houston is 3 hours, 9 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 44 minutes.

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

Reverse Journey

Houston to Los Angeles
3 hours, 34 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 8m
3h 11m
3h 11m
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 Los Angeles from Houston by plane?

The distance from Los Angeles to Houston 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 Los Angeles to Houston?

The flight time from Los Angeles to Houston is 3 hours, 9 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 44 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 3 hours, 8 minutes, and Spirit the slowest taking 3 hours, 11 minutes.

What airlines fly from Los Angeles to Houston?

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

Does Southwest fly from Los Angeles to Houston?

Southwest does not fly from Los Angeles (LAX) 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 Los Angeles 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 164 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Houston 8 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 Los Angeles to Houston, Spirit is 87% reliable, which means that Spirit flights are on time 87% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 91% 9% 0%
Spirit 87% 12% 1%
American 81% 17% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
United 16 163 6 188
Spirit 14 164 9 191
American 14 165 9 191

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
8am 1.44
5am 0.21
6am 0.59
1am 0.15
6pm 1.25
7pm 0.86
10pm 0
12pm 0.98
5pm 0.66
0am 1.09
4pm 0.02
11am 0.94
9am 0.56
7am 1.25
1pm 0.96
3pm 1.08
2pm 0.01
8pm 0.08
10am 0.9
11pm 0.53

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 410
February 361
March 434
April 399
May 389
June 443
July 445
August 416
September 378
October 391
November 449
December 477

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 14.17
Tuesday 13.67
Wednesday 13.92
Thursday 14.23
Friday 14.02
Saturday 12.23
Sunday 13.75

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 0
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
In the Air
Taxi In
8am 18 163 7 189
5am 14 176 7 198
6am 16 164 5 188
1am 15 156 5 176
6pm 14 163 10 188
7pm 14 160 9 186
10pm 19 163 4 186
12pm 15 167 8 192
5pm 15 162 5 184
0am 16 155 6 179
4pm 16 171 8 196
11am 16 165 7 190
9am 14 170 10 196
7am 16 168 8 194
1pm 16 164 9 191
3pm 14 165 8 188
2pm 15 161 6 183
8pm 13 165 10 190
10am 18 165 6 190
11pm 20 153 7 180
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.