From the Wright Brothers’ first flight to the present day, air travel has become one of the safest and fastest methods of transport in the world. Because of the location of certain cities, this type of transport has become indispensable for their citizens, giving rise to the world’s shortest commercial flights. Here is a top 6 of the world’s shortest flights.
6. Between Petersburg and Wrangell
Both cities located in Alaska, this route is the shortest route in the United States. Alaska Airlines flies this 30-mile (48 km) route in about 20 minutes using a Boeing 737. This flight is necessary between the two cities, as they are separated by water, and another alternative would be to use a ferry which is much slower. According to Business Insider, this route has many stops. Therefore, the plane flies between Seattle and Juneau with stops at Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Wrangell.
5. The flight between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar
Separated by the Indian Ocean, these two areas are connected by a 15-minute flight. There are multiple airlines flying this route: Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways, Precision Air. Depending on the airline chosen, the flight may take longer or shorter. However, tourists can also choose to travel between the two cities by ferry.
4. Between Brazzaville and Kinshasa
Separated by the Congo River, the two cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are connected by the shortest passenger jet flight in the world. This distance of 15 miles (24 km) is flown daily by a Boeing 737. The infrastructure has not allowed a bridge to be built between the two cities. As a result, the planes and boats are the only means of transport linking the two cities.
3. Between St. Maarten and Anguilla
In the Caribbean islands, a distance of 12 miles (19.3 km) is covered by an aircraft belonging to Anguilla Air Services in about 15 minutes. Most importantly, this short flight connects the two islands several times a day and many tourists have said the best part is the view from 1000 feet during the flight.
2. The flight between Karpathos and Kasos
With a journey time of less than 15 minutes, the flight between the two Greek islands is the second in the list of the shortest flights in the world. The Sky Express airline provides the air transport link between the two islands. However, tourists can also opt for boat transport.
1. Westray to Papa Westray
The world’s shortest commercial flight is between two Scottish islands: Westray and Papa Westray. The flight takes about 80 seconds, sometimes even less, the record being 53 seconds. The aircraft, a Britten-Norman BN2B-26 frequents this route daily and its passengers are usually students and teachers. The distance covered by the aircraft is 1.7 miles (2.7 km). However, islanders can also choose to cross the water by ferry, which is much slower.