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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2036 posts, RR: 4
Posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5338 times:

A colleague who is doing research on international disease transmission has asked:

Quote:
According to the 1999 book 'Becoming a Geographer' by Gould of the nearly 4000 airports with scheduled international passenger services: "I have been unable to find any pair of airports more than 36 hours of flying time apart". He then cites Ushanaia (Tierra del Fuego) to Zamboanga (Philippines), Invercargill (NZ) to Vagar (Faroe Islands) and Anadyr (Siberia) to Nome (Alaska).

What would be the longest journey nowadays?

I'm not certain if this is geographical flight distance (my suspicion) or scheduled flight distance. He is obviously not referring to the longest leg of a flight (Singapore to New York IIRC).


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User currently offlineCO787EWR From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

I believe he's asking for airports the furthest distance from each other... I've got LHR-AKL 9910 nm from each other.

Edit: it seems travel time is important... then it would have to be two remote airports. Sorry I cant be of more help.

[Edited 2010-04-07 22:10:05]

User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2560 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Based on the average circumfrence of the Earth being 21,635nm, no two points can be more than 10,817nm apart. LIM and BKK are 10,651nm apart, just about as far apart as two major airports can be.

But as far as travel time goes, you have to remember that some destinations are not served every day. You may be able to fly between certain city pairs in 36 hour some days, but if the flight isn't going that day, you may have to add 24, 48, or even 72 hours to that journey.

And you can add AKL-GIB at 10,750nm apart

HAL

[Edited 2010-04-08 00:03:24]

[Edited 2010-04-08 00:12:10]


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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Play around a bit with an antipodemap:

http://www.antipodemap.com/

And, distancewise you may find airports that are furthest apart.

I visited to airfields that are about as far apart that you can get:

Asau, Samoa and Maradi, Niger (10,804 nm).

None of them is currently served by scheduled air service. Anybody able to beat these figures?

 


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8549 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4863 times:
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Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
According to the 1999 book 'Becoming a Geographer' by Gould of the nearly 4000 airports with scheduled international passenger services: "I have been unable to find any pair of airports more than 36 hours of flying time apart".

I believe that the above makes it clear that the author quoted was talking in terms of travel times rather than distances. If this is the case then I would think that they journey from IUE to MPN or vv must qualify as one of the longest .

The journey is not all that long physically IUE-AKL-SCL-PUQ-MPN but the only flight from IUE is to AKL , it operates once weekly on a Friday and arrives in AKL on a Saturday afternoon . After an overnight in AKL pax could catch the Sunday flight AKL-SCL on LA arrive in SCL same day ,they would then have to wait until the following Saturday to catch the weekly flight via PUQ to MPN . The entire elapsed time for the journey would be in the vicinity of 160 hours , although most of the time would be spent waiting rather than actually flying .

Grrrrrr ,just got to the end of typing this on a particularly unco-operative keyboard and realised that the author spoke of "flying time" rather than "elapsed time" - well , I am going to post it anyway in case somebody out there is interested  



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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4725 times:

For airports served by current scheduled service...
Christchurch NZ (CHC/NZCH) - La Coruna Spain (LCG/LECO) at 12392 Statute Miles = 10768.35 Nautical Miles


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2036 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Thanks guys, this is great.

Quoting HAL (Reply 2):
But as far as travel time goes, you have to remember that some destinations are not served every day. You may be able to fly between certain city pairs in 36 hour some days, but if the flight isn't going that day, you may have to add 24, 48, or even 72 ho

This is what troubles me too. Perhaps he decided only to only calculate flight times on days where airports had flights, but I doubt that. It's actually quite a complex calculation if you work on a scheduling basis as you need to be able to work out alternate routings between city pairs.

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 4):
Grrrrrr ,just got to the end of typing this on a particularly unco-operative keyboard and realised that the author spoke of "flying time" rather than "elapsed time" - well , I am going to post it anyway in case somebody out there is interested

I think it's a very good example and I'm glad you posted it thanks! For the purposes of my colleague's studies I think actual travel time rather than flight time is probably more relevant.

Interestingly world-airport-codes.com has an airport distance calculator with estimated travel times for a few aircraft. I doubt if it is very accurate (and it isn't in nautical miles) but probably roughly okay.



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