World’s Shortest Commercial Flight
The world’s shortest commercial flight takes place between the two Orkney Islands, Westray and Papa Westray, just north of Scotland, separated by a distance of only 2.74 km ( 1.7 miles ).
Operated by “Loganair”, the flight duration is officially two minutes, but under ideal wind condition can be completed in only 47 seconds.
Stuart Linklater, pilot of the Loganair company, flew this incredibly short line for 24 years more than 12,000 times, a round-trip ticket that costs 21 British pounds makes this flight and one of the most expensive in the world, besides being the shortest.
This line was in the airline flight plan Loganair, introduced in 1967, when he established the internal air transport on the island and Linklater was hired in the company in 1988.
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- “I have enjoyed in flying for the whole time I flew on this line, and met many interesting people. Though the line is short, weather conditions in this part of Scotland are very complex, so that it is not an easy job, but I enjoyed every minute” said Stuart Linklater.
They operate two de Havilland Twin Otters and two Britten Norman Islander BN-2s, plus a handful of Saab 340 twin engine turboprops to transport passengers around the island nation. The BN-2 is ideally suited to transport you and seven of your closest friends to the tiny Papa Westray that has nearly as many archaeological sites as it does residents. The island is home to just over 70 people, and 60 archaeological sites.
Papa Westray Airport terminal. Photo credit.
The runways at both Westray and Papa Westray have been extended – as part of a £300,000 upgrade by Orkney Islands Council of all its runways – by 60 m ( 197 feet ) each to comply with new take-off regulations. The new runways are 527 m ( 1729 feet).
Flight taking off from Papa Westray. Photo credit.
Here’s the video of the flight: