Would you believe us if we told you that the shortest flight lasts only 90 seconds? It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. The long-established air route connects the two Orkney Islands in Scotland (Westray and Pope Westray) and is the shortest flight in the world. With good winds, the flight often takes less than a minute due to the short distance of only 2.7 miles!
We wrote about the currently longest commercial flight that lasts over 18 hours. In comparison, the shortest flight seems like the blink of an eye.
At the destination in 90 seconds
This flight is essential for the 80 or so residents of the four-square-mile island. It also attracts tourists throughout the summer, primarily day-trippers who want to take the plane ride and experience all of Papa Westray’s delights. The flight itself is a great experience, especially if you get seats right behind the pilot. You can see what the flight looks like here.
What about shortest international commercial flight?
The shortest international commercial flight is now between the Caribbean islands of Anguilla and Sint Maarten. The distance is 12 miles, and the flight lasts just 10 minutes. A well-known airport is Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten. Visitors come the beach to spot planes that fly directly overhead. Despite constant warnings about the potential danger, tourists still do not stop doing this
Anguila is a British Overseas Territory, north of St. Martin, with flat, low-lying terrain. Some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the Caribbean may be found in Anguilla. People visit this place for snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat trips, and relaxing. It’s popular among celebrity people looking for a quiet location where they may enjoy being left alone.
Anguilla Air Services is the only airline offering scheduled flights on the route between Sint Maarten and Anguilla. The aircraft takes off from Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten and never rises higher than 1,000 feet, with views of the blue Caribbean oceans, the long curves of sand beaches, and opulent private homes and resorts. This flight is important to the islands as boat access can often be hampered by bad weather and storms.
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