80 Seconds: The World's Shortest Scheduled Passenger Flight In The World

October 5, 2017

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The 1.7-mile flight between the isles of Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland's Orkley Islands has the distinction of being the world's shortest scheduled passenger flight, with approximately 80 seconds of flight time aboard an eight-seat aircraft. I'm going to assume complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages are out of the question.

The Scottish regional airline Loganair has been flying this route since 1967 and charges approximately £21 one-way ($28) for the service.

Man, how great would it be if ALL flights were only 80 seconds? I would complain a lot less about flying then. Plus wouldn't have to get as drunk at an airport bar beforehand. The last time I had to fly the bartender refused to let me have more than two drinks in front of me at a time. Come on -- I'm an adult, I know what I'm doing. "You passed out under a row of chairs at your gate and missed your flight." That's what I was doing! I did it.

Keep going for a video about the flight.

Thanks to TTD, who's going to open up a competing ferry service to the islands.

  • ErstO

    Funny he says the aircraft “has the aerodynamics of a brick”

  • archer923

    Plane fuel is cheaper than building and maintaining a 1 mile bridge?

  • For the number of people who would use the bridge, yes.

  • I doubt the local airline that makes these flights in in the bridge building business as well. Apparently those that are don't see this as a lucrative or necessary endeavor. Maybe not that many local people take this flight?

  • Draco Basileus

    Still enough time to join the Mile High club and kick back afterwards.

    (note: the above is an example of self-deprecating humor and it not reflective of actual sexual prowess)

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