BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4632 times:
The Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are not part of Great Britain, they are not part of the United Kingdom and neither are they part of the European Union. They are self-governing British Crown dependencies.
Therefore I would think the shortest UK-International route would be between Blackpool and IOM at 99.01 miles, just a little shorter than IOM-Belfast.
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PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4451 times:
If one looks at shortest jet routes, I believe LHR-BRU is the shortest at 190 nautical miles.
I went to the Great Circle Mapper at http://gc.kls2.com and did LHR-BRU (190 nm). Then I had a circle drawn around LHR at 190 nm, and found that only the northernmost part of France, much of Belgium, and a tiny portion of Holland are encompassed by that circle. Ireland lies beyond that range from LHR.
Unless there are airports in the extreme north of France with service to London, I think Brussells is the closest international city with mainline service to London.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28152 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4175 times:
Quoting BCAL (Reply 1): The Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are not part of Great Britain, they are not part of the United Kingdom and neither are they part of the European Union. They are self-governing British Crown dependencies.
Just curious, do you have to clear immigration and customs on flights between the UK and the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands? I always thought they were basically considered domestic flights although I recognize their different status. For that matter, aren't flights from LHR to BDA or GCM also legally considered domestic? Foreign carriers can't serve those routes as it's considered cabotage.
"Unless there are airports in the extreme north of France with service to London, I think Brussells is the closest international city with mainline service to London."
... which is probably true. However, LCY-BRU is shorter than LHR-BRU by 21 miles... LCY is further east.
Rotterdam is slightly shorter than Brussels, and I would consider KLM as "mainline" in the case of LHR-RTM although they only use the Fokker 50 on that route. I believe KL's LHR-RTM and LHR-EIN Fokker 50s are the only scheduled turboprop flights at LHR now. I expect those KL slots at LHR are likely to be used for longhaul USA flights when Open Skies arrives in March.