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Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.  
User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9422 times:

Hi all -

I know this topic has been bandied about for worldwide shortest flight (Westray-Papa Westray), but what about U.S. domestic? Is it LAX-SNA? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

thanks.

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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9378 times:

I thought Continental (Express) flew from Ellington Field EFD (a part of the Houston Airport group) to IAH - a distance of 15 miles or something like that - but it looks like that was discontinued a while back.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9354 times:

Here's my short list:

SNA (33°40'32"N 117°52'06"W) LAX (33°56'33"N 118°24'29"W) 31 nm
DAY (39°54'09"N 84°13'10"W) CVG (39°02'46"N 84°39'44"W) 55 nm
DEN (39°51'42"N 104°40'23"W) COS (38°48'21"N 104°42'01"W) 63 nm
IAD (38°56'40"N 77°27'21"W) CHO (38°08'19"N 78°27'10"W) 67 nm



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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9345 times:

Well, I found several flights under 100 miles. I think each major hub probably has a handful of such flights.
But the LAX-BNA does appear to be the shortest. I show it listed at 36 miles.



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9336 times:

Isn't TOL-DTW 40 miles?


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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9325 times:

Isn't TOL-DTW 40 miles?

Well, I show it as 50 miles but close enough! Also, DTW-LAN is only 74 miles and that is flown by a DC9!



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9317 times:

Does DL still fly SAT-AUS?


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9304 times:

I have flown the LAN-DTW route on a DC-9 and a 727..i think the actual air time is 20 minutes.


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9298 times:

Rumor had it that the DTW-LAN flight, which as said is flown by a DC-9, was flown at 6000 feet and not pressurized!
SAT-AUS would not be flown by DL anymore, after their abandonment of Texas.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9273 times:

the DTW-LAN flight was NOT flown at 6000...i remember the pilot saying something about going up to 21,000 feet for a few minutes then descending.


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7816 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9260 times:

Given the need to get to the airport, go through the process of actually boarding, fly 100 miles and then repeat the process at the other end, surely it would be quicker and cheaper to drive or go by train for most of these trips.

User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9247 times:

Given the need to get to the airport, go through the process of actually boarding, fly 100 miles and then repeat the process at the other end, surely it would be quicker and cheaper to drive or go by train for most of these trips.


I think these short trips exist solely to "feed" the hub. There really can't be any substantial O & D traffic on flights <100 miles (unless there is a body of water to cross, or something like that).



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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9226 times:

On the smaller end, I'm sure some Cape Air routes between Boston and Cape Cod are very short.


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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9203 times:

Does ORD-MKE fall in there?

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6791 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9199 times:

I think I have the shortest flight of all....

USAirways Express...

ORF-PHF.. 23 miles/20 nm... Saturday service only...

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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9183 times:

Where is PHF? Portsmouth?


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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9179 times:

Newport News, VA
It's not far from Richmond.


User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9176 times:

wasnt there a MIA-FLL flight in the 90's on a DL 763?? That about 27 miles... Also, I read on past threads UA had a scheduled 727 SFO-OAK...

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9178 times:

Quoting Bennett123 (reply 10):
Given the need to get to the airport, go through the process of actually boarding, fly 100 miles and then repeat the process at the other end, surely it would be quicker and cheaper to drive or go by train for most of these trips.



Really depends.

Flying from COS to somewhere via DEN is almost always more convenient than driving to DEN.

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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9161 times:

I find it hard to believe that FL210 is cruise for LAN-DTW. I have flown DTW-CLE at FL160 and BWI-ORF at FL170. Seems a little high.

User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9127 times:

Back when US served PIT-LBE, the flight took longer because they had to put you on the app. for 28. Otherwise it was blocked for like 25 minutes.

User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9103 times:

ERJ170-I've flown PHF-ORF, back when it was flown roundtrip several times a day (April 2003, maybe two weeks after US Airways' emergence the first time), and recall the flight attendant saying it was a six-minute flight...


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9077 times:

For a while, American Eagle operated flights from Visalia to Fresno (VIS-FAT), a distance of 36 miles. That ranks up there with pretty short.

Slightly off topic, but for a period of time, American Eagle also operated four flights a day, LAX-BFL-VIS-BFL-LAX...in a Swearingen Metro. 109 miles followed by 64 miles...and back. Between the scorching heat in the summer and the relentless tule fog in the winter, I think all those ups and downs would have driven me nuts!!  crazy 



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User currently offlineIAD777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9046 times:

united express used to fly bwi-iad not sure how many miles it was though


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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9036 times:

I have flown DTW-FNT, flight time was 14 minutes on a 727!


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25 7E72004 : I miss the NW 727s. I think the LAN-DTW route used the 727s for a while.
26 MAH4546 : 21 miles. The shortest domestic flight right now is Chalk Ocean Airways' MPB-FLL service. Total distance is twenty miles. Blocked time is 15 minutes,
27 7E72004 : weren't the MIA-FLL flights used for positioning aircraft? I was looking at my Ozark timetable and there were flights between MIA-FLL.
28 B4real : EWR-HPN is a new one on the shorties list by COExpress
29 Krisair747 : Here is a few for you... PHL-EWR PHL-JFK In the time it takes you to get through security in PHL, you could have driven to EWR!!!
30 Post contains links BOSugaDL : Cape Air EWB(New Bedford, MA)- MVY = 26mi/23nm according to http://gc.kls2.com
31 Lat41 : New England Airlines EJ from Westerly RI to Block Island WST-BID operates year round with Cessnas and Britten Normand Islanders. A beautiful 12 minute
32 Boeing757/767 : EWR-HPN is no more. Cancelled a while back.
33 Cmhsrq : CapeAir has a couple of daily SRQ-TPA
34 CVGpilot : ORD-MDW =13nm Anyone fly this route for hire?
35 Timz : So far Lat41 looks like a winner: WST-BID is in the Guide, and it's 14.9 nm. Until somebody restarts OAK-SFO that's going to be hard to beat.
36 AlitaliaMD11 : Well, I know they have had EWR-JFK and JFK-LGA flights, but one that comes to mind is BUF-JFK by B6.
37 United4everDEN : A strange thing about DEN-COS, UA operates the A319/320 and 733s and 735s. It can be a really short flight if you take off on runway 17R/L and maintai
38 Travelin man : LAX-ONT (UA) - 47 miles (Per the Great Circle Mapper) LAX-OXR (UA) - 49 miles (Ditto) Both are daily multiple frequencies on UA Express.
39 Jcavinato : US AOO-JST is 27 miles. Johnstown-Altoona In the early 1980s I was on an Eastern L1011 that went from Miami to Fort Lauderdale then on to Newark. I th
40 Flyboy36y : BUF-JFK Is not a short flight. Its over 300 miles.
41 FlyingNanook : If we're talking about the continental US (which in legal terms includes Alaska) then it's probably Tooksook Bay-Tununak (OOK-TNK) which is 6 miles. I
42 Post contains images GothamSpotter : JFK-SYR is B6's shortest flight, but still about 400 miles. JFK-ROC is a little longer, and JFK-BUF is the longest intrastate flight. JFK-Burlington i
43 Flynavy : United Express now flies the Visalia (VIS) - Fresno (FAT) service.
44 Tiger119 : - 58.1 miles straight
45 RootsAir : COULD ANYONE TELL ME THE USE OF HAVING SUCH SHORT FLIGHTS?????
46 Mir : Feeder flights for hubs, I should think. Say someone wants to go from COS to LGA. Rather than drive to DEN and fly from there, they can fly UA from CO
47 ChrisNH : Federal Express runs an A310 (sometimes a DC-10) from Manchester, New Hampshire to Boston on weekdays. The distance is about 50 miles or less. Chris i
48 Post contains links and images TransIsland : The current Chalk's timetable ( http://www.flychalks.com/timetable.htm ) does not list a flight MFB-FLL. It looks like they stopped serving Miami alto
49 NWADTW : I've been on the FNT-DTW flight many times and I recall typically climbing to 4,000'.
50 Mikefad : CO used to fly ORD-LAX-ONT in the late 70's. I got off in L.A. though, and don't know the flight time to ONT. That was in a DC-10 no less!
51 Jayspilot : Commutair d.b.a as continental connection has some of the shortest scheduled flights in the United States. Plattsburgh to Sarana Lake is 40 miles and
52 Post contains images Lt-AWACS : Yes Rich Continental ex flew this route for years. The only intercity air route IIRC. A great deal too, as parking was free at EFD and the flight was
53 FATFlyer : United Express now flies the Visalia (VIS) - Fresno (FAT) service Not much longer. Skywest has requested to drop VIS. It is an EAS city so govt approv
54 RCS763AV : Delta flies from ATL to Macon, GA. 79 miles. What about PHL-EWR?????
55 NWA ARJ : TVF-GFK a distance of 40nm Flown by Mesaba Saab 340. It is pretty short nevertheless
56 Exsca : When I used too work for SY, i could pass ride on XJ from MSP too my home town EAU, that flight on a SF340, was right at about 20 minutes from Take-of
57 EADC8 : What about PHL-EWR????? The PHL-EWR flights are operated by EXPRESSJET (COEX) using ERJ-145's. Two daily(?) nonstops. One leaving at 7:15 am and arriv
58 N1120A : As for major carrier express service, the LAX feeders for UA (since IAH-EFD is gone) take the cake. LAX-SNA is 31nm, LAX-OXR is 43nm, LAX-ONT is 41nm.
59 Lat41 : looks like OOK-TNK in Alaska and WST-BID in Rhode Island are the shortest by far. These others aren't even close.
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