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This is the world’s shortest regularly scheduled flight on a commercial airline

MarketWatch logo MarketWatch 10/17/2018 Jacob Passy
a group of people standing around a plane: Passengers prepare to board a Loganair-operated Twin Otter plane from Barra Airport in Scotland. Loganair’s flight between Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland is the shortest flight in the world. © Getty Images Passengers prepare to board a Loganair-operated Twin Otter plane from Barra Airport in Scotland. Loganair’s flight between Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland is the shortest flight in the world. It very well could take you longer to read this story than it would to ride on the world’s shortest scheduled passenger flight.

Loganair, a Scottish regional airline, holds that title thanks to its itinerary between Westray and Papa Westray, two of the Orkney Islands located north of Great Britain. The flight, which travels 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers), takes only 1.5 minutes in the air. The cost of a ticket starts at 17 pounds (roughly $22).

That’s a blip compared to the world’s longest flight, which just re-entered service last week. The New York-Singapore route flown by Singapore Airlines (SINGF) takes nearly 18 hours — some 1,080 times longer than the Loganair flight, give or take a minute. Tickets were selling for $2,147 and up on the Singapore Airlines website this week.

The Westray-Papa Westray route isn’t the only short flight that Loganair offers. The journey between Eday and Kirkwall, another two of the Orkney Islands, takes a staggering 10 minutes to complete.

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Looking to take a short trip closer to home? Last year, United Airlines (UAL) launched the shortest flight in the continental U.S., a 16-minute trip between San Francisco and Santa Rosa, located in the Sonoma County wine region. (Sightseeing flight operator Greater Toronto Airways boasts the shortest flight in North America, a 10-minute route between Toronto and Niagara.)

In Hawaii, travelers can take a 15-minute flight between the Kalaupapa and Ho’olehua airports on Moloka’i for as little as $50 on Mokulele Airlines.

Of course, flying is particularly bad for the environment — aircraft are responsible for 2.5% of total global carbon dioxide emissions. So travelers concerned about their carbon footprint may want to consider other means of travel — for instance, a 25-minute car ferry also runs between Westray and Papa Westray.

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