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Travel What it's like to fly on the shortest commercial flight in the world, which lasts just 57 seconds

20:51  09 march  2018
20:51  09 march  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com

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It is used by local islanders and "even the local banker." The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds — and it costs £36 () return.

Orkney Shortest Flight BR1A7151 min. The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds - and it costs £36 (C) return. The flight between Westray and Papa Westray near the mainland of Orkney lasts just 57 seconds .


The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds - and it costs £36 (C$65) return.

The route from airline Loganair, the only major UK airline owned and headquartered in Scotland, covers 1.7 miles between the two islands of Westray and Papa Westray, near the mainland of Orkney, an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland.

The flights are serviced by two, eight-seater Britten-Norman Islanders, and while the flight takes an average of one and a half minutes - making it the shortest scheduled route in the world - the quickest time on record is 57 seconds in the air "in a favourable wind," according to the airline.

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The flight between Westray and Papa Westray near the mainland of Orkney lasts just 57 seconds . It is used by local islanders and "even the local banker." SEE ALSO: This country is now tied with Singapore as having the most powerful passport in the world .

ALISON MILLINGTON. Last updated 08:38, March 9 2018. A Loganair plane in its spiffy new livery. The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds – and it costs £36 (.50) return.

This video shows the exact route of the flight:

Islanders, teachers, doctors, police officers, and "even the local banker" use the service, according to Loganair, which costs £36 on a day return or £45 (C$80) for a "sightseer fare."

The route is about the same length as the runway at Edinburgh airport and burns just 10kg of fuel - about £15 worth.

"Given that a Boeing 747 can use 1.5 tonnes of fuel taxiing before take-off, this makes it a pretty green form of travel," the airline told Business Insider.

The airline has been running the route since 1967, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. It appears that passengers get a certificate when they complete the flight.

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