The flight time from New York to Detroit is 1 hour, 51 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LGA New York, NY 4 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 21 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DTW Detroit, MI 15 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from New York to Detroit is 1 hour, 51 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 21 minutes.

The flight distance from New York to Detroit is 502 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Detroit to New York
1 hour, 39 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 48m
1h 50m
1h 56m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



502 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is New York from Detroit by plane?

The distance from New York to Detroit by plane is 502 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from New York to Detroit?

The flight time from New York to Detroit is 1 hour, 51 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 21 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 1 hour, 48 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 56 minutes.

What airlines fly from New York to Detroit?

Spirit, American, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from New York to Detroit.

Does Southwest fly from New York to Detroit?

Southwest does not fly from New York (LGA) to Detroit (DTW). 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 New York 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 81 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Detroit 15 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 New York to Detroit, American is 86% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 86% 11% 3%
Delta 85% 13% 2%
Spirit 83% 14% 3%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between New York and Detroit, 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
Spirit 16 81 10 108
Delta 20 80 8 110
American 20 83 10 116

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
5pm 1.6
4pm 0.4
2pm 0.38
9am 1.02
10am 0.57
1pm 0.15
9pm 1.2
11am 0.38
6am 1.49
3pm 1.42
8am 0.15
8pm 0.49
7am 0.1
12pm 1.54
6pm 0.02
7pm 0.79

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Detroit 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 348
February 333
March 373
April 351
May 379
June 366
July 368
August 381
September 366
October 384
November 371
December 359

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Detroit 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 12.81
Tuesday 12.83
Wednesday 12.85
Thursday 12.75
Friday 12.75
Saturday 8.33
Sunday 11.9

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
Delta 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
5pm 18 80 8 109
4pm 18 85 10 116
2pm 20 80 7 110
9am 19 80 8 110
10am 16 77 9 103
1pm 17 79 7 108
9pm 18 82 10 112
11am 20 84 11 119
6am 17 81 9 109
3pm 21 82 10 114
8am 18 82 8 110
8pm 24 79 8 114
7am 21 83 11 119
12pm 19 82 9 110
6pm 20 86 9 111
7pm 21 80 10 112
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.