aireuropeuk733
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Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:04 am

Apologies if this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it when I did a search.

Seeing the thread about longest domestic flight, what about shortest international/intercontinental flight. My suggestion is Gibraltar to Tangier (about 100 miles). GB Airways used to run a Viscount "Mons Calpe" back in the 60's and 70's between the two and then in the 80's they replaced this with a BN Trislander. Not sure if they still run this service.

Maybe some European flights beat this on the international front but I think it might be the winner as far as intercontinental flights are concerned!

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:08 am


There are a few that come to my mind.

SIN-KUL is a short international hop operated all day on widebodies.

LAX-TIJ has scheduled services. CO also operates flights from HAV to MIA.

All these are pretty short international segments.


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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:37 am

Both Malaysia Airlines & Royal Brunei used to operate Brunei <-> Labuan Island (Malaysia) on F50. The two places are only 29 nm (33 miles) apart.

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sebwhite
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:39 am

YYZ - ROC is short: just 92 nm.
 
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:47 am

I think one of the shortest (if not even the shortest)international flight is flown by Cameroon Airways: On their way from Douala (DLA) to Kinshasa (FIH / Democratic Republic of Congo) they make a stopover in Brazzaville (BZV / the other Congo!). The distance between the two capitals of the respective Congo is a mere 16 miles!
One of the shortest international flights in Europe I can think of was from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Zurich (ZRH). The 47 miles flight is currently not operated but Crossair (Saab 340) and later Hahn Air (SWM) used to fly this route.
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gte439u
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:01 am

Air Canada may be a contender for the shortest intercontinental flight with it its flight from St. John's, Nfld. to Heathrow. It takes four- to five-hours, and it is 2012 nm (3727 km).
 
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:16 am

Dear Gte439u -
xxx
Watch out what you call "intercontinental"...
Would you accept Europe to Asia as intercontinental... OK...?
Taking off from Istanbul (Yesilkoy is in the European continent) and flying to Bursa (Asia) is about 70 miles... Intercontinental - yet SAME country...
xxx
I walked from one continent to another in Istanbul, on the bridge over the Bosphorus.
xxx
I think such statements are just good for the Guinness Book of Records...
No practical value. Think about a flight from Moscow to Khabarovsk. Same country, Russia, but accross 9 or 10 time zones... It is intercontinental, but still a domestic flight.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:20 am

Dammam in Saudi Arabia to Bahrain is very short, about 20-25mins flight time. Gulf Air operate A320 a/c on the route!

Regards

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:27 am

Watch out what you call "intercontinental"...
Would you accept Europe to Asia as intercontinental... OK...?
Taking off from Istanbul (Yesilkoy is in the European continent) and flying to Bursa (Asia) is about 70 miles... Intercontinental - yet SAME country...


Ok, Skipper, I see your point. Maybe a better definition would be transoceanic flight. However, both are still contrived measures that really do not mean much.
 
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:37 am

How about HKG to TPE for 66 min? CX fly B744 for it!
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:51 pm


In north america, SEA-YYJ (98 miles, horizon air) may qualify.

Also, BUF-YYZ (68 miles) used to be served by (i think) american airlines pre 1988. Hence, Buffalo can call itself an international airport!  Smile
 
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 3:30 pm

GUM-SPN on CO anywhere from 20-25 minutes take-off to touchdown
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:13 pm

I flew the Tangiers/Gib route with GB Airways in '85. They were still using the Viscount then and claimed at the time that it was the shortest scheduled intercontinental route.

The last time I looked at Amadeus.net this route was no longer operating.

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:26 pm

GUM-SPN on CO anywhere from 20-25 minutes take-off to touchdown

That route is neither international (both GUM and SPN are in the US) nor inter-continental.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:49 pm

Malta to Tripoli must be very short indeed.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:42 pm

I flew UNI (Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to CRU (Carriacou, Grenada) - 9 miles in 3 or 4 minutes. At that time it was the shortest international route in the world. Its not operated any more though.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:41 pm

What do you think of Luxembourg - Saarbruchen operated three daily by LG (in code share with LH) on F50 (sometimes on B737 500).
This is a stop on LUX-MUC flight. I'll take this flight many times and I can't understand what it means: 15 min flights without passegers taking this leg.

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:53 pm

Chalk's International still flies the Grumman Mallard from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini, Bahamas (NSB) ----59 miles.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:36 pm

LOS - COO. Approximately 66 miles.

WT and RK used to fly this route at one time, but they've long since bitten the dust.

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:48 pm

SAS used to fly between Copenhagen Denmark - Malmö Sweden.
But it was a long time ago now.

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:51 pm

My Internationals:

Nov. 5, 1987, SJU-SPB and back (55 nm):

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Feb. 29, 1988, I flew YVR-BLI (35 nm):

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Oct. 4, 1988, PUS-FUK (116 nm):

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Mar. 8, 1991, KUW-Jubail AF Base:

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Aug. 31, 1992, HGA-JIB (136 nm):

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Sep. 1, 1992, JIB-DIR (138 nm):

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Nov. 30, 1999, HHP-Macau Heliport (30 nm aprox.):

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:01 am

Palestinian Airline's only route is from Gaza City Airport to Al-Arish Airport, which is just across the border in Egypt. They use a Fokker 50 on the route, which is less than 50 miles away.


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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:27 am

HEL-TLL Approx 80Km
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:27 am

Maybe YVR -SEA as a short international flight?
 
keno
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:35 am

Palestinian Airline's only route is from Gaza City Airport to Al-Arish Airport, which is just across the border in Egypt.

I thought their only route now is Al-Arish to Amman? Gaza Airport is no longer in operation.
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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:46 am

BAH-DOH : 91 miles. And BA uses a B744 to cover it!!! KU does that route with A320s and sometimes A300s and A310s. There are more I am sure...

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RE: Shortest International/Intercontinental Flight

Thu Apr 08, 2004 5:04 am

KEno, thanks for the correction. It was a typo error, I meant AMM. It was out of Gaza even after the attack on the airport.
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