The flight time from Los Angeles to Washington is 4 hours, 48 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 3 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 23 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DCA Washington, DC 14 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Washington to Los Angeles
5 hours, 38 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

4h 45m
Virgin America
4h 45m
4h 52m
4h 54m
4h 55m
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



2311 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 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 263 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Washington 14 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 Washington, United is 94% reliable, which means that United flights are on time 94% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 95% 5% 0%
United 94% 6% 0%
Virgin America 93% 6% 1%
Alaska 90% 10% 0%
American 88% 12% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles and Washington, 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 18 260 5 285
Virgin America 18 260 5 285
Alaska 20 268 4 292
Delta 19 269 3 294
American 21 267 5 295

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
6am 0.26
7am 1.32
8am 2.92
9am 1.09
10am 0.19
11am 0.59
12pm 2.65
1pm 0.45
4pm 0.59
6pm 0.2
9pm 0.75
10pm 0.67
11pm 1.95

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to Washington 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 387
February 328
March 384
April 422
May 459
June 465
July 470
August 473
September 392
October 418
November 392
December 427

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles to Washington 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 13.9
Tuesday 13.8
Wednesday 14.1
Thursday 14.3
Friday 13.7
Saturday 12.8
Sunday 13.8

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 46
American 23
Virgin America 11
Alaska 9
Delta 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
6am 17 261 5 284
7am 18 264 5 288
8am 21 268 4 296
9am 22 264 6 293
10am 19 256 6 282
11am 20 264 5 290
12pm 19 264 5 289
1pm 18 261 5 285
4pm 17 256 5 279
6pm 16 259 5 282
9pm 20 261 6 290
10pm 19 257 5 281
11pm 18 258 5 283
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.