The Texans will fly a bit more in 2021 than they did last season.
While the NFL schedule won't be released until mid-April at the earliest, the Texans know who and where they'll play in the 2021 regular season. Next fall, the Texans will fly a combined 16,582 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to their eight opponents' cities and back.
Houston's shortest trip will be the road contest at AFC South rival Tennessee. From IAH to Nashville Metro Airport (BNA) and back is 1,314 miles. The matchup with the San Francisco 49ers this season will see the Texans fly 3,260 miles roundtrip.
After logging a franchise-high 21,312 air miles in 2019, the Texans traveled far less in 2020, with just 14,362 roundtrip miles. 2019 saw journeys to London and Los Angeles, among other places. Last fall, the Texans didn't fly west of Houston, and their longest jaunt was to Pittsburgh (2,240 miles) in late September.
|2021 ROAD OPPONENT (AIRPORT)||ROUNDTRIP MILES FROM IAH|
|TENNESSEE TITANS (BNA)||1,314|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (JAX)||1,630|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (IND)||1,692|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS (MIA)||1,926|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS (PHX)||2,020|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS (CLE)||2,180|
|BUFFALO BILLS (BUF)||2,560|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (SJC)||3,200|
Five of Houston's road games will be in the Eastern time zone, with one apiece in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones.
The Texans travel on team charters with United Airlines.