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The Worlds Shortest Flights

Wed, 11/09/2016
Short Flights And Isle Hopping

Since Charles Lindbergh flew to Paris from New York non-stop back in 1927, the aviation feats of the world have been very much focused on the longest and farthest stints. And yet, as passengers we largely dread the thought of a long-haul... we now take the technological advances for granted and loathe being cooped up and airborne for hours on end. But, funnily enough, as flying becomes ever more commonplace, shorter routes have also begun to pop up. With the one of the world’s shortest international flights launched this month, what better time to look at some of the briefest commercial flight distances that exist around the world.

Switzerland St Gallen-Altenrhein to Friedrichshafen, South Germany will be launched this month by Austrian airline, People’s Viennaline. The two towns are separated by just 45 kilometres and Lake Constance, on the border of the two countries. A journey which used to take around one and a half hours by car can now be done in just 8 minutes.

For more than fifty years Loganair has been connecting the Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the most Northern tip of mainland Scotland. The islands of Papa Westray and Westray lay just 2.7 kilometres apart, so the journey takes the record as the world’s very shortest commercial flight, at around just two minutes. In fact, the runway at Edinburgh airport is the same distance as the flight between the isles. At the start of November 2016 the airline celebrate its millionth passenger on the famous short route.

The flight between Tangiers, Morocco and Gibraltar, the British Territory on the southern tip of Spain is the shortest inter-continental flight. The airline Royal Air Maroc runs the flight twice a week, and it takes around 50 minutes to cover the 69 kilometres of Mediterranean Sea between the two cities.

Toronto, Canada and Niagara Falls Airport, USA are connected by a fifteen minute flight over Lake Ontario. A daily flight is run by Greater Toronto Airways, replacing the 85 mile (136km) drive around the huge lake.  

No matter how short your flight distance, being delayed, denied boarding or having your flight cancelled is not ideal.

You could be owed as much as €600 in compensation by the airline for flights over 3500km and up to €250 for all flights under 1500km (so yes, even when Island Hopping in Orkney). That’s why Get Paid When Delayed is here to help.

Using the website you can generate a personalised claims letter quickly and easily, chat with one of our customer service representatives or start your claim for lost, delayed or damaged baggage on all international flights, using Lost & Found.