spiplane From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 110 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5616 times:
It is generally agreed (I think) that the world's shortest sheduled commecial flight is in the Orkney Islands (UK). Having flown Papeete-Moorea (Tahiti, French Polynesia) and Guernsey-Jersey (UK) before, I was wandering whether a sort of top 10 exists?
B6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 288 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5366 times:
I remember when I was little flying from Some small strip to DEN (I Think) on United. Back in the day when they still served peanuts and drinks. No matter how short the flight was. We got our drinks as the plane started its descent into DEN. IIRC, The plane took off, climbed for a little, and then descended again.
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DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5295 times:
Back in the early 70s UA had a flight that went SFO-MOD-SCK-SFO. The MOD-SCK segment is all of 30 miles on a 737-200. Hughes AirWest ran a SCK-SMF flight in the late 60s or early 70s on a DC-9 from SCK-SMF, all of 40 miles. Current short flights I have taken are SAN-LAX on Eagle or UAX and TUS-PHX on USX.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23180 posts, RR: 23 Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5263 times:
Quoting falstaff (Reply 2): Back in the 80s there was something called the Houston Proud Express. That flew a DC-9 on behalf of CO between HOU and IAH. That has got to be one of the shortest scheduled flights ever.
But at 21 nm it's twice as far as SFO-OAK that once had half a dozen large jets (up to 707 and DC-8 size) a day operated by several major carriers. I once flew on an Eastern A300 MIA-FLL (18 nm).
AC has some short routes on the west coast of Canada that cross water. Vancouver-Victoria (YYJ) is one of their most frequent routes with 20 flights a day, all currently operated by Jazz Dash 8s. Block time varies from 22 to 27 minutes for the 34 nm sector. At various times in the past, larger jets, even an AC DC-8 for a while, have been used on that route. Jazz also has 7 Dash 8's a day Vancouver-Nanaimo (YCD), another overwater route (30 nm, block time 20 minutes).
pualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5213 times:
HA used to fly HNL-MKK-LNY-HNL. The first leg is 54 miles and the second leg was half as long. FAs loved this pairing as the flights were too short to do a service... Just demo...walkthrough....strap in.....walkthrough.....strap in....repeat 2x and your day was done. We are looking at flying again to the smaller airports in Hawaii with smaller planes. The company approached our union about acquiring a feeder carrier.
cofannyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5182 times:
As mentioned PPW-WRY is the shortest (block time 2 minutes). Other short flights according to an OAG Schedule Pull as of July 9, 2010:
Block Time of 3 Minutes:
* Alaska Airplane Service / Promech Air (Z3) - Craig SPB, Alaska (CGA) to Klawock, Alaska (KLW)
Block Time of 5 Minutes:
* Labrador Airways (WJ) - Fox Harbour, Canada (YFX) to Mary's Harbour, Canada (YMH)
* Tropic Air (ICAO: TOS) & Maya Island Air (MY) - San Pedro, Belize (SPR) to Caye Caulker, Belize (CUK)
* Bering Air (8E) & ERA Aviation (7H) - Stebbins, Alaska (WBB) to St. Michael, Alaska (SMK)
* Nature Air (5C) - Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica (PJM) to Golfito, Costa Rica (GFM)
* Smokey Bay Air (2E) - Seldovia, AK (SOV) to Homer, AK (HOM)
* Tanana Air Service (4E) - Takotna, AK (TCT) to Tatalina, AK (TLJ)
* Air Creebec (YN) - Fort Albany, Canada (YFA) to Kaschechewan, Canada (ZKE)
....and more (I couldn't list all the routes out of tiredness and tediousness)!
There are also plenty of flights blocked at 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 minutes.
AmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2722 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
In Ireland the shortest mainline flight is Aer Lingus flight EI133 from Dublin to Shannon with a scheduled time of 45 minutes. The return flight (EI132) is slightly longer (50 minutes) due to prevailing winds and runway configuration at both DUB and SNN. Both flights are operated by the Airbus A330-200.
As OA260 mentioned above, the shortest overall flight times in this country are Aer Arann Islands flights from Connemara to Inis Meáin/Inis Mór/Inis Íorr and vice versa with a scheduled flight time of 15 minutes (but most of the time take approx. 8 minutes).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23180 posts, RR: 23 Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4990 times:
Quoting Andaman (Reply 15): Helsinki - Tallinn 55 nm, the shortest between two capitals?
The shortest flight between two national capitals is probably Brazzaville (BZV) - Kinshasa (FIH), the capitals of the Republic of Congo and the much larger Democratic Republic of the Congo, respectively. They're 14 nm apart on opposite sides of the wide Congo River. Scheduled block time 20 minutes. UTA at one time had a couple of DC-10s a week that included that sector. I believe Sabena also operated that sector.
runner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 231 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4835 times:
SNA-LAX on OO on a brasilia, 10 mins in the air. It was a cool flight flying low over LA and looking at all the traffic. I used to take it all the time when non-revving to LAX and couldn't get there. Could always get to SNA, and just a short hop.
NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1382 posts, RR: 10 Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 4729 times:
I just flew COS-DEN on a UA CR7, which is 73 miles. It was cool flying low over the front range, and seeing where the COS metro area ended, and where the DEN area began.
Agree that 9K (Cape Air) has some very short routings. For example, HYA-MVY is 26 miles! I flew BOS-ACK once, and got to sit in the front seat, which was very fun. It's logical that most of the shortest routings in the world involve islands like MVY that are just offshore from the mainland.
Also, ET (Ethiopian Airlines) has a "historic route" that goes ADD-BJR-GDQ-LLI-AXU-ADD (that's Addis Ababa-Bahar Dar-Gonder-Lalibela-Axum-Addis, for the uninitiated!)
I did this route in 2005, it basically connects the popular historic tourist sites in the country. The BJR-GDQ flight is 63 miles on a Fokker-50. You fly across Lake Tana, which is the source of the Nile River. Great trip, for any of you who might ever make it over there.
NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1382 posts, RR: 10 Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 4728 times:
Sorry for the duel post, just remembered two other, now defunct routes in the U.S.:
US used to fly BWI-IAD, back when it had a hub at BWI. 45 miles.
COEX used to do IAH-EFD (Houston-Ellington), which is just flying from the south side of the Houston metro over to the north. 28 miles.
Agree that BWI-PHL on US may be one of the shortest existing flights between major airports. But I also think CO Connection flies EWR-PHL, which is slightly shorter. Maybe US even does that too, I don't know.
Here's a different question: what's the shortest flight using a mainline jet? BWI-PHL is probably the shortest, that run is sometimes done on an A319. But I'm sure there are others.
25 PHLBOS: US (via one of its Express carriers) flies that route also. The only NYC area airport that US does NOT run a nonstop to/from PHL is JFK.
26 B777LRF: Helikopter Service AB used to run a scheduled CPH-MMA service with various whirlybirds. Fastest was on a S-76, something like 5 minutes block for the
27 yenne09: Here in Quebec, we have the Air Montmagny flight between Montmagny and Isle-aux-Grues which is less than 5 minutes. This route is operated with Cessna