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

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 51 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives JFK New York, NY 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Los Angeles to New York is 5 hours, 18 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 51 minutes.

The flight distance from Los Angeles to New York is 2475 Miles.

Reverse Journey

New York to Los Angeles
6 hours, 8 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

5h 14m
5h 17m
5h 19m
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)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Los Angeles from New York by plane?

The distance from Los Angeles to New York by plane is 2475 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 New York?

The flight time from Los Angeles to New York is 5 hours, 18 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 51 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 5 hours, 14 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 5 hours, 24 minutes.

What airlines fly from Los Angeles to New York?

JetBlue, Delta, American, and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from Los Angeles to New York.

Does Southwest fly from Los Angeles to New York?

Southwest does not fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK). 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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 291 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives New York 11 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 New York, Alaska is 81% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 81% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
JetBlue 86% 14% 0%
Delta 85% 15% 0%
American 84% 15% 1%
Alaska 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 16 285 10 314
JetBlue 15 293 8 317
American 15 292 10 319
Alaska 20 293 10 324

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
1pm 1.51
5am 0.99
6am 1.31
8pm 0.71
0am 1.47
8am 1.84
7am 2.89
4pm 2.17
10pm 1.59
3pm 2.54
5pm 0
10am 2.12
9pm 3.07
2pm 2.54
11am 2.71
9am 1.77
12pm 2.54
11pm 3

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 1061
February 1000
March 1126
April 1064
May 1096
June 1056
July 1061
August 1065
September 1041
October 1104
November 1024
December 1062

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 36.06
Tuesday 35.87
Wednesday 36.46
Thursday 37.04
Friday 36.58
Saturday 27.58
Sunday 35.81

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 1
JetBlue 1
Delta 1
Alaska 1

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
1pm 16 291 11 320
5am 13 292 6 313
6am 18 286 8 314
8pm 14 291 8 315
0am 16 296 9 322
8am 15 294 9 319
7am 15 290 9 316
4pm 14 286 8 310
10pm 15 288 9 314
3pm 15 292 10 319
5pm 13 288 9 310
10am 18 293 11 324
9pm 16 288 8 314
2pm 15 287 10 314
11am 15 290 12 320
9am 17 289 9 318
12pm 16 290 11 319
11pm 18 294 10 325
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.