This Is the Shortest Commercial Flight in the World

Langskaill, Westray. Image by Ingo Mehling/Wikipedia

Flying to a destination drastically shortens the travel time compared to other means of transport, and in some cases, it’s the only available option to get from one place to another. Some flights last for over 10 hours while others are much shorter, but do you know how long the shortest commercial flight in the world lasts?

If you’re thinking somewhere along half an hour, you’re far off. In fact, the shortest commercial flight in the world connects two islands in Scotland, Westray and Papa Westray and it’s scheduled for 90 seconds, although it typically arrives at the destination in around 60 seconds. One time, it made it from one island to another in only 47 seconds! The flight has been around since 1967 and it’s essential for the locals.

The flight is also popular among the tourists who visit the region, partially because of its “shortest flight in the world” title. On the opposite end is the longest flight in the world, and it’s the flight that connects New York City and Sydney and lasts for 19 hours and 15 minutes.