How Long is That Flight?

FareCompare readers are savvy travelers. You know how to find the cheapest airline tickets, and how to get from Point A to Point B with the least amount of hassle. But have you ever wondered how much time you actually spend in the air when you’re flying from one city to another?

Obviously, time in the air varies according to the type of aircraft, flight speed, density of air traffic, and weather conditions. This chart lists the 50 most-traveled routes in the U.S., along with how long you actually spend in the air. Calculations are based on a typical commercial airliner going 500 mph, using mileage calculated with a great circle distance formula.

Route Popularity Ranking From To How Long is the Flight?
1 Miami (MIA) New York (JFK, LGA) 2 hours, 11 minutes
2 Los Angeles (LAX) San Francisco (SFO) 0 hours, 42 minutes
3 Atlanta (ATL) Miami (MIA) 1 hour, 13 minutes
4 Chicago (ORD) New York (JFK, LGA) 1 hour, 26 minutes
5 Atlanta (ATL) New York (JFK, LGA) 1 hour, 30 minutes
6 Los Angeles (LAX) New York (JFK, LGA) 4 hours, 54 minutes
7 New York (JFK, LGA) Orlando (MCO) 1 hour, 53 minutes
8 New York (JFK, LGA) London, UK (LHR) 6 hours, 57 minutes
9 Las Vegas (LAS) Los Angeles (LAX) 0 hours, 27 minutes
10 Los Angeles (LAX) Phoenix (PHX) 0 hours, 43 minutes
11 Chicago (ORD) Los Angeles (LAX) 3 hours, 29 minutes
12 New York (JFK, LGA) San Francisco (SFO) 5 hours, 9 minutes
13 Dallas (DFW) Houston (HOU) 0 hours, 27 minutes
14 Atlanta (ATL) Orlando (MCO) 0 hours, 48 minutes
15 Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2 hours, 29 minutes
16 Boston (BOS) Los Angeles (LAX) 5 hours, 12 minutes
17 Denver (DEN) Los Angeles (LAX) 1 hour, 40 minutes
18 Los Angeles (LAX) Seattle (SEA) 1 hour, 55 minutes
19 Atlanta, GA (ATL) Washington, DC (DCA) 1 hour, 5 minutes
20 Las Vegas (LAS) San Francisco (SFO) 0 hours, 50 minutes
21 Chicago (ORD) Denver (DEN) 1 hour, 50 minutes
22 Hilo, HI (ITO) Honolulu (HNL) 0 hours, 25 minutes
23 San Diego (SAN) San Francisco (SFO) 0 hours, 55 minutes
24 Chicago (ORD) Washington, DC (DCA) 1 hour, 11 minutes
25 New York (JFK, LGA) Washington, DC (DCA) 0 hours, 25 minutes
26 Atlanta (ATL) Los Angeles (LAX) 3 hours, 52 minutes
27 Honolulu (HNL) Kahului-Wailuku (OGG) 0 hours, 11 minutes
28 Charlotte (CLT) New York (JFK, LGA) 1 hour, 4 minutes
29 San Francisco (SFO) Seattle (SEA) 1 hour, 21 minutes
30 Atlanta (ATL) Chicago (ORD) 1 hour, 10 minutes
31 Chicago (ORD) San Francisco (SFO) 3 hours, 43 minutes
32 Los Angeles (LAX) San José (SJC) 0 hours, 37 minutes
33 Chicago (ORD) Miami (MIA) 2 hours, 22 minutes
34 Dallas (DFW) San Antonio (SAT) 0 hours, 30 minutes
35 Chicago (ORD) Las Vegas (LAS) 3 hours, 3 minutes
36 Boston (BOS) Chicago (ORD) 1 hour, 42 minutes
37 Atlanta (ATL) Dallas (DFW) 1 hour, 27 minutes
38 Las Vegas (LAS) New York (JFK, LGA) 4 hours, 28 minutes
39 Chicago (ORD) Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) 0 hours, 43 minutes
40 Austin (AUS) Dallas (DFW) 0 hours, 22 minutes
41 Miami (MIA) Washington, DC (DCA) 1 hour, 51 minutes
42 Atlanta (ATL) Tampa (TPA) 0 hours, 50 minutes
43 Dallas (DFW) New York (JFK, LGA) 2 hours, 45 minutes
44 Honolulu (HNL) Los Angeles (LAX) 5 hours, 8 minutes
45 Denver (DEN) San Francisco (SFO) 1 hour, 54 minutes
46 Los Angeles (LAX) Sacramento (SMF) 0 hours, 43 minutes
47 Houston (HOU) New York (JFK, LGA) 2 hours, 50 minutes
48 Boston (BOS) Washington, DC (DCA) 0 hours, 47 minutes
49 Chicago (ORD) Philadelphia (PHL) 1 hour, 20 minutes
50 New York (JFK, LGA) Tampa (TPA) 2 hours, 0 minutes

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Published: September 22, 2011