It’s every traveler’s dream to score a short flight and arrive to one’s destination as quickly as possible.
But aboard the world’s shortest flight – it takes just 53 seconds (on a good day) to travel between two locations– traveling a mere 1.7 miles.
So just where is this flight and what is its purpose?
The flight connects Westray (an island of Scotland) to an even smaller island called Papa Westray.
Papa Westray (also known as Papay to the locals) is one of the North Isles of Orkney, and is home to roughly 90 residents.
And to these island inhabitants– this flight is a lifeline – connecting them to the outside world.
According to Fodors, the only alternative to the flight is a short (and rocky) boat ride.
In fact, some travelers report the boat ride was so vicious – they never want to step foot on another boat ever again!
The Points Guy reported:
“Spending 20 minutes on that boat on a “calm day” was enough to make me never want to set foot on another boat again. The boat rocked so violently from side to side I was sure we were going to capsize, so I can see why a 90-second flight is deemed necessary.”
But is it any better aboard the short flight?
Well, it depends on who you ask!
The small plane is cramped, and can be pretty miserable for those who prefer a more luxurious ride.
After all, the pilot sits just inches away from the 8 passengers who are stuffed inside – allocated on where they can sit according to their weight.
It’s loud – and in the winter windy months the flight can even be a bit scary.
But to some adventurists who prefer a bumpy ride – the experience is a dream.
“Again, there’s the thrill of riding in a small aircraft and watching the pilot deftly handle the controls. There’s the joy of being able to stare straight ahead and see the horizon rushing toward you. And, most of all, there’s the beauty of the Orkney land and seascape.”
The actual airport on Papa Westray is essentially a hut – with a gravel runway.
Invasive security agents and long waits aren’t a problem at this airport, and you only need to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled flight!
But it’s not just locals flying this route.
Tourists and aviation enthusiasts flock to this island too – hoping to check the world’s shortest flight off their bucket list.
But is there actually anything to do on a small island with only 90 people?
Papay boasts about their beautiful beaches and internationally renowned bird watching.
Tourists and history buffs can also visit the Knap of Howar, the oldest standing home in Northwest Europe.
If you’re looking for an eclectic trip – consider checking out the world’s shortest flight – and experience all Papa Westray has to offer!
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