World’s Shortest Flight Is Just 47 Seconds Long

Even before you could get cosy on your seat, it’s time to depart. Yes, the world’s shortest flight is that short. How short? Well, it could be as short as 47 seconds!!!

world's shortest flight

The flight is between the Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands in Scotland and can be as short as 47 seconds. The total distance of the trip is about 2.7 km (1.7 miles). It also holds the Guinness World Record as the shortest scheduled service.

world's shortest flight
Flight Route

The Scottish airline Loganair provides this short service using Britten Norman Islander light utility aircraft. It’s an eight-seater aircraft that officially takes two minutes but with favourable winds, it can be done in 47 seconds.

world's shortest flight

According to reports published in The Daily Mail, about 30 percent of the service’s passengers are associated with the Orkney Islands Council’s education service, while many others are health staff and patients of the Scottish National Health Service.

world's shortest flight
Papa Westray Airport terminal.

Just recently in Nov 2016, Loganair celebrated its millionth passenger, Anne Randall, a banker from The Royal Bank of Scotland. She has flown more than 10,000 trips, visiting island communities and tending to their banking requirements.

world's shortest flight
Anne Randall, Loganair’s millionth passenger

Also Read: World’s shortest flight celebrates its millionth passenger

You can take a glimpse of this short and unique flight journey here. Remember to fasten your seat belts before you take off.