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Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:54 pm

Last few years, I had an opportunity to visit a few island hopper operations around the world, (Vancouver Island/ Hawaii/Maldives)

My question is, is there any more of these opportunities left in the world?

I am sure there is unexplored opportunity in the Caribbean, Philippines, Indonesia, South America.

Any remote island with no daily scheduled service with decent population/tourist traffic should be worth exploring.

Any comments?
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:48 pm

The islands of Tonga is not served that well domestically.
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:50 pm

Mortyman wrote:
The islands of Tonga is not served that well domestically.

How many of them actually have airstrips?
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:37 pm

Air Juan (www.airjuan.com) is a relatively new airline in the Philippines offering both land plane and seaplane service to/from Manila Bay and islands in Luzon and the Visayas.
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:00 am

Well how about HAV-NAS-KIN-PAP-SDQ-SJU-SXM?
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:55 am

AirbusCanada wrote:
My question is, is there any more of these opportunities left in the world?


One possibility is the Loganair Orkney Island services off the north coast of Scotland. They link Kikwall with Eday, North Ronaldsway, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Westray.

The most famous of these flights is the world's shortest scheduled fligh. It is between Papa Westray and Westray. Here is its Monday Winter timetable:

LG312 (Day 1):
d. Kirkwall 08:25
a. Westray 08:41
d. Westray 08:46
a. Papa Westray 08:48
d. Papa Westray 08:53
a. Kirkwall 09:09

LG317 (Day 1)
d. Kirkwall 15:00
a. Papa Westray 15:16
d. Papa Westray 15:21
a. Westray 15:23
d. Westray 15:28
a. Kirkwall 15:44

These flights are operated with Britten-Norman Islanders. The record for the short flight between Westray and Papa Westray, scheduled duration two minutes, is 47 seconds. The timing of the flights on the other days of the week varies but only very slightly. The reason for the timings and flight directions is that their prime use is to fly children living on Westray (population 90) to and from Secondary (High) School on Papa Westray
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:10 am

The Roskilde - Læsø - Anholt service in Denmark:

http://rutetaxa.dk/en/

Operated by Copenhagen Air Taxi, typically in the Islander, but sometimes in a Partenavia P68.


I think Starling Air operates a Roskilde - Ringsted - Svendborg/Tåsinge - Ærø taxi service, but I am not completely sure they currently operate it. If they do, it's in the P68. Only in Danish, so you might want to use google translate:

http://starling.dk/
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:11 am

AirbusCanada wrote:
My question is, is there any more of these opportunities left in the world?

Air Tahiti has a few. They have ATR42-600, ATR72-600 and ATR72-500.
https://www.airtahiti.com

There's this Feb 2015 video of VT456 RFP-BOB. The routing would have been PPT-MOZ-RFP-BOB-RGI-TIH-PPT
(Papeete - Moorea - Raiatea - Bora Bora - Rangiroa - Tikehau - Papeete)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q-Ark32-0I

This is VT246 PPT-MOZ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pUUceQTfrw

You might even experience an airport farewell for the locals, like this at Rimatara.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C8ofw9TP9M

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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:48 am

Forgot to mention Air Tahiti also has the DHC6-300 Twin Otter and Beech King Air B200.

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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:19 pm

You can do CZH SPR CUK TZA DGA PLJ PNG on a 208 from 9N. Part of that is island, part is coastal hopping
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:20 pm

Polot wrote:
Mortyman wrote:
The islands of Tonga is not served that well domestically.

How many of them actually have airstrips?


6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_Tonga
 
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Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:23 pm

As you've already been to the Maldives, maybe the Seychelles are worth mentioning. Just as beautiful as the Maldives, but a little less known.

Other than that there are a lot of remote single islands around the world that are worth visiting, but they're not part of island groups so it's not really island hopping. It's just visiting one island. Examples are Fernando de Noronha (Brazil), Lord Howe (Australia), Kish (Iran) and Con Son (Vietnam).

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