Shortest Commercial Flight Ever

The shortest commercial flight in the world is…


In the air for just 57 seconds – and it costs £36 (C$65) return. The route from airline Loganair, the only major UK airline owned and headquartered in Scotland, covers 1.7 miles between the two islands of Westray and Papa Westray, near the mainland of Orkney, an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland. The flights are serviced by two, eight-seater Britten-Norman Islanders, and while the flight takes an average of one and a half minutes – making it the shortest scheduled route in the world – the quickest time on record is 57 seconds in the air “in a favorable wind.”


The route is about the same length as the runway at Edinburgh airport and burns just 10kg of fuel – about £15 worth. The Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service connects the Orkney mainland with six outer islands, Eday, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay, and Westray – and the airline saw its millionth passenger in October. Privately-owned Loganair was founded in 1962 and has 30 aircraft in its fleet. It opened a new terminal building at Sanday in 2017, and carries nearly 700,000 passengers every year. Hence the short story and the flight crews use of more than their fare share of flight log books.


Article credit: Business Insider

Photo credit: World Airline

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