The flight time from Los Angeles to New York is 5 hours, 18 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 50 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives JFK New York, NY 10 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

New York to Los Angeles
6 hours, 9 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

5h 15m
Virgin America
5h 17m
5h 18m
5h 21m
5h 24m
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



2475 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 290 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives New York 10 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 New York, Delta is 85% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 85% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 85% 14% 1%
American 84% 14% 2%
Virgin America 83% 16% 1%
Alaska 82% 17% 1%
JetBlue 81% 18% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles and New York, 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
Delta 17 287 9 315
Virgin America 18 289 9 317
JetBlue 17 292 7 318
American 20 292 8 321
Alaska 22 294 8 324

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 0.65
5am 0.16
6am 2.68
7am 3.17
8am 2.12
9am 1.52
10am 2.66
11am 2.83
12pm 2.18
1pm 1.76
2pm 2.78
3pm 2.43
4pm 2.27
5pm 0.16
8pm 0.76
9pm 3.26
10pm 1.44
11pm 2.14

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to New York 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 1026
February 982
March 1070
April 1099
May 1103
June 1035
July 1090
August 1121
September 1034
October 1107
November 1047
December 1056

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to New York 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 37
Tuesday 36.3
Wednesday 35.8
Thursday 37.6
Friday 36.9
Saturday 25.9
Sunday 36

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
American 80
JetBlue 67
Delta 60
Virgin America 33
Alaska 7

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 16 293 7 320
5am 15 298 5 318
6am 17 291 6 317
7am 18 290 7 317
8am 21 292 7 323
9am 21 290 9 321
10am 21 294 9 326
11am 20 292 10 325
12pm 18 291 9 322
1pm 16 291 9 318
2pm 17 290 8 317
3pm 17 290 8 316
4pm 16 287 7 312
5pm 17 286 7 309
8pm 17 285 7 310
9pm 17 286 7 312
10pm 18 288 8 315
11pm 19 291 9 321
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.