Flyover States 2021

In the United States, some travelers use the term "flyover states" to describe a specific region of the United States. Although some people define the term differently, it's commonly defined as the interior region or geographic center of the United States located between the East and West Coasts. This includes the Midwest, Great Plains, and Mountain States.

These states are known as flyover states because most travelers fly over these states without touching down when traveling from coast to coast. The term "flyover country" is also used when American travelers fly over a country and view it by air without landing in the country.

To determine the most common flyover states, ChampionTraveler conducted a study analyzing the ratio of destination flights to flyovers. This data showed that West Virginia is the most flown-over state. According to the data, there were nearly 2,400 flights to the state compared to over 466,000 flights over the state, a flyover-to-destination ratio of 195.4.

The next state on the list is Kansas. Kansas had over 9,700 flights to the state compared to over 507,000 flights over the state. This is a flyover-to-destination ratio of 52.3, a fraction of West Virginia's. In third place, Mississippi had over 10,000 flights to the state compared to over 423,000 flights over the state.

Other flyover states on this list include:

Flyover States 2021

State Flights To Flights Over Flyover vs Destination
Alabama23,843447,93118.8
Alaska35,897
Arizona176,531567,6883.2
Arkansas14,974394,87626.4
California740,78214,562
Colorado245,548461,3041.9
Connecticut21,501194,4789
Delaware
Florida452,1803,177
Georgia391,889254,6670.6
Hawaii102,602
Idaho21,500193,8919
Illinois352,071537,7121.5
Indiana39,282662,13816.8
Iowa12,817499,96539
Kansas9,703507,63852.3
Kentucky16,178576,29335.6
Louisiana67,165284,2154.2
Maine7,299
Maryland99,031581,6025.9
Massachusetts125,11020,9460.2
Michigan155,896241,6521.6
Minnesota138,46160,7610.4
Mississippi10,068423,60542.1
Missouri104,404487,2714.7
Montana17,00491,7105.4
Nebraska22,970414,41218
Nevada167,198546,5783.3
New Hampshire6,36419,6723.1
New Jersey122,974587,8424.8
New Mexico21,399575,86226.9
New York246,409327,8871.3
North Carolina162,329676,6054.2
North Dakota10,72661,0885.7
Ohio85,73061,8967.1
Oklahoma30,020433,73214.4
Oregon71,099174,4122.5
Pennsylvania110,556658,6666
Rhode Island13,151139,54410.6
South Carolina30,263435,37814.4
South Dakota8,052151,26818.8
Tennessee81,729564,5726.9
Texas565,292175,6840.3
Utah114,239418,6043.7
Vermont3,70815,6814.2
Virginia32,205921,97728.6
Washington148,41026,8310.2
West Virginia2,387466,364195.4
Wisconsin51,257158,7193.1
Wyoming7,917244,71630.9

Flyover States 2021