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User currently offlinespiplane From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6397 times:
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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?


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6263 times:

Quoting spiplane (Thread starter):
It is generally agreed (I think) that the world's shortest sheduled commecial flight is in the Orkney Islands (UK).

Yes, it is between Papa Westray (PPW) and Westray (WRY). I have fond and vivid memories of flying it.

[Edited 2010-07-08 07:16:07]


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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6157 times:
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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.


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User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6147 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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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6076 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.

User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6071 times:

In December I did TPA-MIA and MIA-TPA. Very short flight on the B1900.

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6044 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).


User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2797 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6031 times:

In November I did the MSN-MKE flight on the OO CRJ - an incredibly low, short flight indeed.


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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6014 times:

Shortest current mainline flight in the US I think is US Airway's

PHL-BWI-PHL, flown with 733 / 319 at 78 nm.



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User currently offlinepualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5994 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.

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User currently offlinecofannyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5963 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.


User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5956 times:

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Luxembourg (LUX)- Saarbrucken (SCN) v v . at 48 mi with Luxair (LG) ...



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

Less than 10mins flying from Connemara Airport to the Arann Islands.

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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5886 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).



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User currently offlinerwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3068 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

Horizon air offers Pullman, WA to Lewiston, ID (PUW to LWS), which is about 29 miles.

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Helsinki - Tallinn 55 nm, the shortest between two capitals?

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5788 times:

Quoting rwSEA (Reply 14):
Horizon air offers Pullman, WA to Lewiston, ID (PUW to LWS), which is about 29 miles.

Wow, that might be the shortest scheduled flight in the US lower 48, scheduled time is 20 minutes.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/QXE215



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User currently offlinecofannyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 16):
Wow, that might be the shortest scheduled flight in the US lower 48, scheduled time is 20 minutes.

Nope. That honor goes to BID-WST (Block Island, RI to Westerly, RI) on New England Airlines (EJ)....15 minutes block time for 17 miles.

There are also a bunch of flights on 9K to/from MVY (Martha's Vineyard) blocked at 17 and 18 minutes.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5771 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.


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5769 times:

Quoting cofannyc (Reply 17):
Nope. That honor goes to BID-WST (Block Island, RI to Westerly, RI) on New England Airlines (EJ)....15 minutes block time for 17 miles.

There are also a bunch of flights on 9K to/from MVY (Martha's Vineyard) blocked at 17 and 18 minutes.

That's good stuff, what a cool airline. Never heard of Block Island and didn't know Cape Air went there either.

http://www.block-island.com/nea/



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

DTW-TOL at 49 mi (43 nm) on DL
DTW-FNT at 56 mi (48 nm) on DL

At one point there was scheduled service between SFO and OAK, only 11 miles apart (10 nm). I'm not sure on which airline though.

Before the merger with NW and before canceling the route, DL's shortest was CVG-DAY at 64 miles (55 nm).


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

I remember doing FLL-FPO (84nm) on a Laker 727 in the 90's in 17 minutes from rotation to touchdown.

I also did MCO-TPA-LAS on an HP 757 where the MCO-TPA (70nm) segment was 25min wheels up to wheels down.

Cheers,

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User currently offlinerunner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5616 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.

User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5510 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.


User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5509 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
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