The Shortest Commercial Flight In The World Lasts Just 57 Seconds

Post First Published: 23 September 2022 11:58 AM

From: What it’s like to fly on the shortest commercial flight in the world, which lasts just 57 seconds

Alison Millington 

Mar 9, 2018, 12:42 AM

  1. The shortest commercial flight in the world is a 1.7-mile route between two Scottish islands.
  2. The flight between Westray and Papa Westray near the mainland of Orkney lasts just 57 seconds.
  3. It is used by local islanders and “even the local banker.”

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The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds — and it costs £36 ($51) 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.

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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 favourable wind,” according to the airline.

This video shows the exact route of the flight:

Islanders, teachers, doctors, police officers, and “even the local banker” use the service, according to Loganair, which costs £36 on a day return or £45 for a “sightseer fare.”

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