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Longest UK Domestic Flight

Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:33 pm

I was recently pondering the longest domestic flight in the UK. For the sake of this comparison I am including the United Kingdom and British Crown Dependencies- no Overseas Territories, as you need to go through passport control if you land, say in GIB and one may, depending on nationality need a separate visa to enter GIB even if they hold a UK visa.

So, with that in mind, the longest flight I could find was the seasonal BE1040 from ABZ to JER at 2 hours 20 minutes flight time on a Q400. Is that the longest domestic flight, or is there longer services?

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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:12 pm

Given that the UK doesn't bestow full citizenship, or offer now very few remote isles any parliamentary seats and thereby representation unlike our French cousins, the debate is mute.

There are no long distant domestic flights.

The only remote outpost with shared voting IS Gibraltar which is for some reason registers and counts its MEP votes with South West England.

Someone is going to mention the Falkland Shuttle -That usually come up however you need a FULL passport and are subject to immigration.

I might add that travel from the Bailiwicks back to the UK is also subject to customs checks.

I believe the longest stage true domestic route is currently Gatwick- Inverness around the 460 miles mark.

And the Sumburgh-Glasgow route the longest within in single constituent nation. -That over 300 miles !
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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:03 pm

Actually, British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTCs) became full British citizens in 2002, unless they were BOTCs by a connection to the Cyprus bases.

Ignoring that, Inverness to Gatwick does seem to be the longest route in the UK.
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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:59 pm

Does the Falkland islands count?
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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:49 pm

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 1):
the debate is mute.

I think you mean "moot".  
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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:18 am

Atlantic Airways flew STN -LSI twice a week in the summer of 2006, on the way to FAE, and I think they may have had another go at it in 2007. 550+ miles I believe.
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RE: Longest UK Domestic Flight

Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:59 am

I was under the impression that FlyBE either were or are operating Summer-only JER-INV?? Surely longer than JER-ABZ?
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