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Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:03 am

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.

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richierich
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:14 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:25 am

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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richierich
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:26 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:27 am

Isn't TOL-DTW 40 miles?
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richierich
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:29 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:30 am

Does DL still fly SAT-AUS?
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:31 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:38 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:44 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:54 am

On the smaller end, I'm sure some Cape Air routes between Boston and Cape Cod are very short.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:58 am

Does ORD-MKE fall in there?
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:00 am

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

USAirways Express...

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

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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:04 am

Where is PHF? Portsmouth?
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:05 am

Newport News, VA
It's not far from Richmond.
 
MGA
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:05 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:05 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:11 am

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.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:33 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:46 am

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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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:53 am

united express used to fly bwi-iad not sure how many miles it was though
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:59 am

I have flown DTW-FNT, flight time was 14 minutes on a 727!
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:03 am

I miss the NW 727s. I think the LAN-DTW route used the 727s for a while.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:42 am

Quoting MGA (reply 17):
wasnt there a MIA-FLL flight in the 90's on a DL 763?? That about 27 miles...


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, and the plane is in the air for less than ten, and you can book it:

OP 110 FLL 1145-1200 MPB
OP 111 MPB 1410-1425 FLL
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:46 am

weren't the MIA-FLL flights used for positioning aircraft? I was looking at my Ozark timetable and there were flights between MIA-FLL.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:48 am

EWR-HPN is a new one on the shorties list by COExpress
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:50 am

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!!!
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:58 am

Cape Air EWB(New Bedford, MA)- MVY = 26mi/23nm according to http://gc.kls2.com
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:08 am

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 over ocean flight.

We need pics of that operator or airport if anyone has one
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:31 am

EWR-HPN is no more. Cancelled a while back.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:37 am

CapeAir has a couple of daily SRQ-TPA
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:45 am

ORD-MDW =13nm Anyone fly this route for hire?
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 7:02 am

Well, I know they have had EWR-JFK and JFK-LGA flights, but one that comes to mind is BUF-JFK by B6.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 7:16 am

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 maintain runway heading, and land on COS 17R/L/ There is practically no turns involved at all.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:20 am

LAX-ONT (UA) - 47 miles (Per the Great Circle Mapper)
LAX-OXR (UA) - 49 miles (Ditto)

Both are daily multiple frequencies on UA Express.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:38 am

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 think that is 18 miles.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:51 am

BUF-JFK Is not a short flight. Its over 300 miles.
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:52 am

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. It's flown by Era Aviation with the DHC-3 Otter.

If you mean to exclude Alaska, use the word contiguous.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:45 pm

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 is probably around the same distance.

I always post the same answer when this thread comes up every couple weeks because it always amazes me that such a flight exists: the OGS-MSS leg of US Airways Express/Air Midwest's ART-MSS service is 35 miles on a Beechcraft 1900.  Smile

[Edited 2005-03-05 07:47:50]

[Edited 2005-03-05 07:50:36]
 
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:47 pm

United Express now flies the Visalia (VIS) - Fresno (FAT) service.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:37 pm

Quoting FriendlySkies (reply 13):
Does ORD-MKE fall in there?


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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:19 pm

COULD ANYONE TELL ME THE USE OF HAVING SUCH SHORT FLIGHTS?????
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:01 pm

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 COS-DEN and connect. It probably saves a bit of time and hassle, especially if the origin airport is small (easy to process pax).

The same could be said for NW DTW-LAN, or US LGA-PHL (several times daily, one of them is a 321 IIRC)

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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:04 pm

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.

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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:13 pm

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 altogether.  Sad

I do remember flights from FLL to MIA and vice versa. Never quite understood why, because with check-in times and even pre-9/11 security, driving certainly would have been easier. I think EA had them, too. Did a quick search this morning and couldn't find any, which doesn't mean much, as it's still pre-coffee time for me... Cheers.
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RE: Shortest Flight In Continental U.S.

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:45 pm

I've been on the FNT-DTW flight many times and I recall typically climbing to 4,000'.