Five of the shortest flights in the world

Despite the rough economic climate that led many carriers to downsize their operations, five of the world’s shortest flights managed to keep their wings by serving niche routes.


Duration of flight: Two minutes

Route: Flies between Westray and Papa Westray, both of which belong to the Orkney Islands located to the north of Scotland.

Frequency: Six times a week

Background: This Scottish airline flies regionally and between the Orkney Islands. The inter-island services run as air taxis not only for the residents of the islands but also for the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and Royal Mail. Even for this brief journey, passengers have to check in 20 minutes before departure.



Duration of flight: 15 minutes

Route: Operates between Taitung and Green Island, a small island off the eastern coast of Taiwan

Frequency: Three times a day on a daily basis

Background: Established in 1992, the Taipei-based airline is focused solely on flying between the islands, although it accepts specially arranged charter flights.



Duration of flight: 20 minutes

Route: Between Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania

Frequency: Three times a day on a daily basis

Background: ZanAir is a domestic carrier based in Zanzibar with a small fleet of just seven aircraft. The airline provides charter flights too.



Duration of flight: 35 minutes

Route: Mumbai to Pune, both of which are in the Indian state of Maharashtra

Frequency: One flight daily

Background: Mumbai-based Jet Airways is the only truly international airline to provide such a short domestic flight. At the height of the recession in 2008, Jet Airways had to layoff at least 1,900 staff and cut certain routes. This route weathered the storm perhaps because it significantly shortens travel time, which takes four hours by road.



Duration of flight: 35 minutes

Route: Bahrain to Dammam

Frequency: Between two times a day on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, three times a day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, and four times a day on Thursdays.

Background: Since Bahrain is an island country and Dammam is in Saudi Arabia, this flight is the shortest international flight, crossing the borders of the two countries. Gulf Air also provides bus services on this route, which takes two hours.


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  • My flight from Shanghai to Nigbo was so short (20 mins) that the ‘plane (MD-80) didn’t put its wheels up, and flew over the Yangtze at a height of around 5,000 ft before landing.

  • It’s supposed to be LOGANAIR, not LOGONAIR…

    In fact, this should be in #4
    Duration of flight: 20 minutes
    Route: Miri (MYY) to Marudi (MRU), both in Sarawak state in Malaysia

    Frequency: 16 weekly flights

    Background: Maswings, the wholly subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MH) serve Rural Air Service in Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak and Sabah with hubs in Miri (MYY), Kuching (KCH), and Kota Kinabalu (BKI). Marudi which bordered with Sabah is used to be the gateway to Mulu Caves until the opening of Mulu Airport (MZV), but still the town needs flights to support transportation of logistics and passengers within the region.


    And for #5:
    Duration of flight: 30 minutes
    Route: Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma (HLP) to Bandung (BDO)

    Frequency: One flight daily

    Background: Jakarta to Bandung isn’t too lucrative air travel market. It used to be a joy to take flight option between the nation capital and the capital of West Java, but since the opening of direct highway between the two cities which cut short car traveling time to just 1,5 hours, this wins over time to taken flight formality significantly. Susi Air is the only carrier still serving this route.


    Actually, there are lots other 30mins flights:
    SUSI AIR Kupang – Rote 30mins
    MASWINGS Labuan (LBU) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) 30mins
    MASWINGS Mulu (MZV) – Miri (MYY) also 30mins

  • Jet Airways is not the only international airline with a short domestic flight – Air Berlin (AB) also has scheduled flights from Palma de Mallorca (PMI) to Ibiza (IBZ) that runs sometimes as short as 14mins but is quoted with 20 mins.

  • The Bombay – Poona (or should I say Mumbai – Pune) route was established in the 70’s by Indian Airlines. A trusty Fokker Friendship propeller aircraft would take about 40 minutes to make the run; and though this was much shorter than road or rail, the airport was located WAY out of the city. Add to that the early check-in requirement plus the wait for baggage at the other end; and people generally preferred to take the train!

  • Their was a scheduled flight of about 10 minutes, featured on a recent programme called ‘The Ten Most Dangerous Airports In The World’ from St. Marten to St. Bart’s, which had the most scary approach I have seen.

  • This seems a strange topic – there are a lot of 30 minute routes out there everywhere, aren’t there? Vancouver – Seattle or Vancouver – Victoria come to mind, as do Ottawa – Montreal or Montreal- Quebec City, etc.

  • In Continental Europe there is another very short hop. The daily flights between Zurich (ZRH) en Basel (BSL). (LX2990 and LX2991) The distance is only 80 km. The flight is scheduled with 30 minutes. Which doesn’t make it a very fast trip with 160 km/hour.

  • Wideroe in Norway (part of the SAS group) has some very short hops in northern Norway. These links are often vital due to the difficult weather and terrain faced in those parts. Although not flown any more, I went on the Mehman to Berlevag flight which was only 10 minutes long.

  • Dont forget Salisbury, Maryland to Philadelphia on USAirways Express. The
    Dash-8 takes as little as 25 minutes and can cost as much as $700 if you dont
    get a discounted fare.

  • Precision Air Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, 20 minutes. Fly so low that if it rains too much they can’t take off – and if they do, be prepared for a washing machine experience.

  • there is also piarco international to crown point international (ttpp to ttcp) takes about 15 minutes its a caribbean flight PLEASE MAKE A FLIGHT PLAN BEFORE U FLY THIS ROUTE BECAUSE THE RUNWAYS ARE PARALLEL even though they’re on two separate islands

  • I flew CCU-IXS via IMF ~12th Feb 2009. The IMF to IXS route took less than 15 minutes on the Indian (IC) twin prop 27 seater. Certainly there are a ton of routes which are in the 10-20 minute duration if you consider the Indian north east or the south east asian routes

  • Are these scheduled times terminal to termainl or airborne times? Not sure if its the shortest in Australia but Rex flies MYA-MIM daily at 30mins door to door.

  • The daily flight from Coimbatore to Kozhikode by AI 657 takes only 20-30 minutes depending on the flight path.

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