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Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:45 am

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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Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:14 pm

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.

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:56 am

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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Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:06 am

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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Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:49 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:58 pm

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

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:54 pm

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).
 
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Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:31 pm

In November I did the MSN-MKE flight on the OO CRJ - an incredibly low, short flight indeed.
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Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:58 pm

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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Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:14 am

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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RE: Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:26 am

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.
 
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Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:08 am

Regular service (twice daily)
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RE: Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:36 am

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

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Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:51 pm

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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Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:46 am

Horizon air offers Pullman, WA to Lewiston, ID (PUW to LWS), which is about 29 miles.
 
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Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:18 pm

Helsinki - Tallinn 55 nm, the shortest between two capitals?
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Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:09 pm

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.

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RE: Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:13 am

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.
 
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Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:57 am

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.
 
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Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:16 am

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.

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Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:49 am

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).
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Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:02 am

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.

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Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:36 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:36 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:17 pm

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 24):
But I also think CO Connection flies EWR-PHL, which is slightly shorter. Maybe US even does that too, I don't know.

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.
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Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:11 am

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 12nm trip. Service is no longer operated; the businesscase evaporated when a bridge over the Oresound was built.
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RE: Top 10 Shortest Scheduled Commercial Flights

Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:01 pm

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 206 or Islander. In the northern part of Canada, we have a lot of flghts of 15 minutes or less. Recently I flew Tuktoyaktuk-Inuvik which was 20 minutes on a King Air 100.

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