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Old 01 November 2016, 11:34 AM
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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...ssenger-orkney

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The world’s shortest flight, a tiny hop between two remote British islands, celebrated Monday taking its millionth passenger on the route.

The 2.7km (1.7-mile) flight between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney islands, off mainland Scotland’s northeast coast, holds the Guinness World Record as the shortest scheduled service.

The flight, in an eight-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft, officially takes two minutes but with favourable winds it can be done in 47 seconds.
Includes a real-time video of the whole flight, if you've a couple of minutes spare to watch it...

I went to Orkney in 2005, but didn't get as far north as Westray or Papa Westray - it's pretty remote. It took an overnight trip (with a night in Thurso) even to get to Orkney Mainland from Ipswich, and I wasn't deliberately taking a scenic route.

Here's a view from Google Maps showing the two airports (airfields) in question. The scale bar is 200m in case it's too small to read:



(eta) That's vaguely annoying; the video now cuts off as soon as the plane lands and doesn't show it taxiing to a halt, as it did when I first watched it. Anyway, here's another article with a photograph of the woman who was the millionth passenger. The video in this one shows the actual flight as well - looks like they got the fire engines out to celebrate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-37833885

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I've never really understood the "want" of some passengers to travel "the world's shortest scheduled flight". I mean, if you have a need to go from one island to the other, that's just fine, but just to say "I've been on it!", I find it kind of pointless. That's just me of course.

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I'm not sure it's that much of a tourist attraction, to be fair...
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Old 01 November 2016, 02:33 PM
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I'm not sure it's that much of a tourist attraction, to be fair...
Point taken.

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I'm not sure it's that much of a tourist attraction, to be fair...
Well, there are some really fanatical aviation enthusiasts who will travel to Bangladesh just to fly on the world's last scheduled DC-10 flight, or to Iran to fly on the last passenger 727s still flying, so I imagine some of them also would travel to Westray to fly on the world's shortest flight. But yes, that's probably a pretty small group. And while we're at it what's that British isle where the airport is on the beach?

ETA: Out of curiosity, why is it the islands are linked by plane as opposed to a ferry service? Is the channel just too hazardous to navigate by boat for some reason?
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The one with the airport on the beach is in the Outer Hebrides - Barra, I think.

There is a Westray to Papa Westray ferry as well - although it looks like it only runs on Tuesdays, when the twice-a-week Kirkwall to Papa Westray ferry stops off at Westray first:

http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/

http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/pdfs/...nterspring.pdf

By the sound of it, the air service was at least daily (must have been twice daily for Ms Rendall to build up her 10,000+ trips in 28 years) and does a circuit of all the islands, so this journey is only one leg of the whole trip. It would be essential for people who have similar jobs to Ms Rendall and need to provide regular specialised services to people on the outer islands but don't have the time to co-ordinate all the ferry trips.
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