15 SHORTEST Flights In The World!
15 Shortest Flights in the World 15. “Toronto to Niagara Falls”- From the sparklingCanadian city of Toronto to the natural wonder that is Niagara falls is 90 miles, which byair takes only 12 minutes. Sure you can drive along the coast of LakeOntario to get there but the near 3 hours it usually takes to go only 90 miles can betaxing. The road from Toronto to Niagara is notoriousfor being gridlocked or perpetually under construction. Because of this, Greater Toronto Airways beganoffering daily flights in eight-seater planes .
In September of 2016. It is pricier than the hour and a half trainride but it’s much quicker and you don’t need to bring a passport. 14. “Kinshasa to Brazzaville”- If you planon traveling between Kinshasa, Republic of Congo and Brazzaville, Democratic Republicof the Congo you are sure to face strict border restrictions, especially if you are travelingby car. These two towns are cultural brothers buthave been at odds with each other since colonial times and are separated by the raging CongoRiver. .
Most of the locals take ferries or speedboatsacross but this can be extremely dangerous for tourists, so the best way to travel isby air. The flight takes about 17 minutes to go the80 miles between the airports and though it’s far more expensive you can avoid being hassledby the border patrols or thieves. What makes the relationship between the twoeven crazier is that they are both capitals of their respective countries, if you combinetheir populations it reaches over 15 million. 13. “Tangier to Gibraltar”-The Moroccan portcity of Tangier and the densely populated British Territory of Gibraltar sit on eachside of the mouth of the Mediterranean sea. .
To travel the 43 mile distance you would takea 78 seat twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 aircraft. This jaunt has a flight time of about 25 minutesand total trip time of 50 minutes. Tangier has been an African stronghold forempires throughout history who wanted to control the Mediterranean. For the same reasons, Gibraltar has been contestedover on the European side. In Gibraltar, you can visit the famous Rockof Gibraltar which is a giant chunk of limestone located at the tip of the tiny peninsula. The rock has been a landmark to sailors forthousands of years warning them that they are about to hit the open ocean. .
The Rock itself is full of tiny tunnels andremnants of the various fortresses that were built there it is also home to a protectedcolony of macaques who are the only group of non-human primates in Europe that don’tlive in captivity. 12. “Taitung to Green Island”-Taitung is abeautiful town on the coast of Taiwan that is rich in history and the place to visitif you want to experience native Taiwanese culture. Nearby volcanic Green Island is home to someof the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world. .
Green Island sits a mere 23 miles away andis 15 minutes by plane. You can opt to take 50 minute ferry ride butit is known for being a hassle due to unfriendly staff and outdated equipment. To make sure you get even more time to enjoyGreen Island’s gorgeous coral reefs, cliffs and the World War II-era Lyudao Lighthouse,flying is the way to go. 11. “St. Kitts to Nevis”- It takes only afast 5 minutes to go the 17.4 miles between the two islands that make up the tiny Caribbeannation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The nation was one of the first Islands tobe colonized by Europeans and features a wonderful .
Blend of island and European culture. The larger island of St. Kitts, also knownas St. Christopher, is where most of the people live and features more urban attractions suchas nightclubs, museums and restaurants. Nevis is like St. Kitts’ beautiful untouchedbackyard, with plentiful vegetation and quiet beaches. So hopping between the two is a must in orderto get the full Caribbean experience. 10. Cayman Brac to Little Cayman- 5 miles of waterseparates the mirrored islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. .
It is just a short boat ride across, but sincethere are no ferries on the islands one would have to seek out a private boat owner whichcan be difficult and sometimes more expensive than the flight. The two airports on these Caribbean Islandsare 14 miles away and the flight takes about 10 minutes. The airline that flies between the two isCayman Airways and the plane is a DHC-6 Twin Otter which carries up to 19 passengers. These beautiful islands are the two smallerof the three islands that makes up the Caymans, and because of this are less developed thanthe big island: Grand Cayman. Little Cayman .
Is known for its wildlife that features rarereptiles and exotic birds. Cayman Brac for years has been a destinationfor deep sea fisherman and features several docks and specialty stores to accommodate. 9. “Friedrichshafen to St. Gallen”- The Austrianbased airline People’s Viennaline just started transporting passengers between the Germantown of Friedrichshafen to St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2016. Before that travelers had to drive the 40mile route around Lake Constance that separates the two, and pass through two different borders. .
Now, in what is the world’s shortest internationalcommercial flight, you can fly the 13 mile route and hop directly over the lake in only20 minutes. These Alpine towns each have their own distinctfeatures that make them a history-loving tourist’s hot spots. Friedrichshafen is known for its history ofaviation as it was home to Friedrich von Zeppelin, pioneer of the floating dirigibles that bearhis name. St. Gallen is known for the Abbey of St. Gallwhich was built in the 8th century and holds thousands of documents and relics that spanthe ages. 8. .
“Karpathos to Kasos”- The Dodecanese islandsare a series of over one-hundred Greek islands located between Turkey and Crete and eachhold their own unique histories that go back to antiquity. People who are looking to get the full experienceof Ancient Greek history may find themselves wanting to hop between the islands, whichcan take time if you aren’t flying. Karpathos and Kasos are two of the most prominentof these islands for sight-seeing, so tourists often take the ridiculously short 5 minuteflight on Olympic Air in order to quickly traverse the 12 miles between them. Karpathos is the second largest of the Dodecaneseand features beautiful beaches and architecture .
That goes back centuries. Kasos was originally founded by the ancientMinoans and though it is much smaller, had a big role in the history of mediterraneancivilizations so it is a must see for those interested in archaeology or anthropology. 7. “Papeete to Moorea”-Papeete is the locatedon the popular vacation destination the Island of Tahiti and is the capital city of FrenchPolynesia. The island of Moorea lies only a short 11miles away and is a prime locale for nature lovers as it is almost unblemished by man. .
The fastest way to get between these tropicalparadises is to take 15 minute flight on Air Tahiti. This way you can save plenty of travel timeand experience both the resorts and shops of Papeete and then escape to the Moorea asCharles Darwin once did, to view the unique vegetation and animal life of the volcanicisle. Moorea was recently rated the third best islandin the world for its awe-inspiring reefs, perfect beach, lush mountains and enchantingblue lagoons. 6. “Saipan to Tinian”- The only option forgetting to and from the two of the best sight-seeing .
Islands in the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipanand Tinian, is flight since the ferry that once went between them closed in 2010. The islands lie only 10.8 miles apart andthe Freedom Air flight that only has four scheduled departures a week takes about 10minutes. Both of the islands were considered extremelyimportant strategic positions during World War II having been part of the Japanese Empireuntil the United States forced them out. The Battle of Saipan was one of the most intensebattles fought in the Pacific front and The Northern Mariana Islands has been a commonwealthof the U.S. ever since the American victory. Tinian is known historically for being theisland that launched the bombers that dropped .
The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 5. “Connemara to Inishmaan”- A six-minuteplane ride is all it takes to cross the 10.4 miles between the Irish Mainland in Connemarato Inishmann, part of the Aran Islands. These are two of the places that are richestin traditional Irish culture and heritage. The Connemara region is a made up of severalsmall towns that are home to the greatest portion of speaker of traditional Irish orGaelic. Inishmaan is only populated by around 150people and has a very distinct landscape filled with striking rock formations and a multitudeof different plant species, some of which .
Can only be found here as the island was greatlyimpacted by the Ice Age. The island was once covered in ice that whenmelted, cracked and carved it giving it its unique appearance. 4. “Hoolehua to Kalaupapa”- If you are vacationingon the beautiful island of Molokai, Hawaii and want to take a day trip to the KalaupapaNational Historical Park the best way to go is through air on a 10 minute flight. The Molokai Airport in Hoolehua is a short8.8 miles away from Kalaupapa but the area is hard to get to by other means as it hasbeen purposely isolated. .
Kalaupapa is one of the last remaining lepercolonies in the United States and has been operating as such since 1866, quarantinedfrom the rest of civilization until 1969. At its peak, the colony was home to over 1,200inhabitants but now there are only about 13 people with leprosy living there. In order to protect the historical natureof the area it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980, and much of the facilitiesand homes remain the same as they were at the peak of its population. 3. “Minami-Daito to Kita Daito”- The DaitoIslands are three tiny Japanese islands southeast .
Of Okinawa and the most convenient way tohop between them is via a flight in a tiny Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. To go the 7 miles between the islands of Minamiand Kita it takes only 15 minutes. The islands are surrounded by reefs and builtup on coral so they are known for their plentiful variety of sea-life. If you visit the islands you may on any givenday see hundreds of different species of fish, pods of dolphins or whales and countless othermarine creatures. The islands were also fought over during WorldWar II as they were considered vital to the Japanese’s protection of their mainland. .
The United States forced the Japanese outvia Airstrikes and Naval bombardment in 1945. After the war the U.S. occupied the islandsuntil 1972, when they returned control to the Japanese. 2. “Caye Caulker to Caye Chapel”- Caye Caulkeris a breathtaking island, only about 5 miles long at its widest point, off the coast ofBelize. It is a popular tourist destination due toits dozens of resorts and it being a haven for adventurers who love aquatic activitiessuch as sailing and scuba diving. Caye Chapel is an even smaller island thatsits just over 2 miles from Caye Caulker. .
Caye Chapel is a private island that was oncea popular destination for corporate retreats due it being home to one of the most gorgeousgolf courses in the world and the surrounding reefs that are perfect for snorkeling. It was recently bought by a company that planson turning it into a luxury resort that will be open to everyone, for a price. Vacationers can travel back and forth betweenthe two islands on one of the quickest flights in the world, only taking about 2 minutes. 1. “Westray to Papa Westray”- The shortestcommercial flight in the world is flown by .
Loganair Airlines and is takes just under2 minutes to go the 1.7 miles between the Scottish Orkney Islands of Westray and PapaWestray. The two islands have been a gold mine forarcheologists and anthropologists as they features remnants of some of the oldest settlementsever found in Europe. The larger more populated isle of Westrayis home to a dig site where the oldest man made sculptures and carvings in the BritishIsles were found. The smaller Papa Westray, which is believedto have once been a part of the larger island, is home to several species of unique seabirdsand the Knap of Howar Farmstead which is considered the oldest home in Northern Europe and datesback to the Neolithic Era. .
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Astoundingly short trips you can take by plane! From hopping between exotic islands to avoiding dangerous borders here are the shortest commercial flights you could find yourself on! 15. “Toronto to Niagara Falls”- From the sparkling Canadian city of Toronto to the natural wonder that is Niagara falls is 90 miles, which by air takes only 12 minutes. Sure you can drive along the coast of Lake Ontario to get there but the near 3 hours it usually takes to go only 90 miles can be taxing. The road from Toronto to Niagara is notorious for being gridlocked or perpetually under construction. Because of this, Greater Toronto Airways began offering daily flights in eight-seater planes in September of 2016. It is pricier than the hour and a half train ride but it’s much quicker and you don’t need to bring a passport. 14. “Kinshasa to Brazzaville”- If you plan on traveling between Kinshasa, Republic of Congo and Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo you are sure to face strict border restrictions, especially if you are traveling by car. These two towns are cultural brothers but have been at odds with each other since colonial times and are separated by the raging Congo River. Most of the locals take ferries or speedboats across but this can be extremely dangerous for tourists, so the best way to travel is by air. The flight takes about 17 minutes to go the 80 miles between the airports and though it’s far more expensive you can avoid being hassled by the border patrols or thieves. What makes the relationship between the two even crazier is that they are both capitals of their respective countries, if you combine their populations it reaches over 15 million. 13. “Tangier to Gibraltar”-The Moroccan port city of Tangier and the densely populated British Territory of Gibraltar sit on each side of the mouth of the Mediterranean sea. To travel the 43 mile distance you would take a 78 seat twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 aircraft. This jaunt has a flight time of about 25 minutes and total trip time of 50 minutes. Tangier has been an African stronghold for empires throughout history who wanted to control the Mediterranean. For the same reasons, Gibraltar has been contested over on the European side. In Gibraltar, you can visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar which is a giant chunk of limestone located at the tip of the tiny peninsula. The rock has been a landmark to sailors for thousands of years warning them that they are about to hit the open ocean. The Rock itself is full of tiny tunnels and remnants of the various fortresses that were built there it is also home to a protected colony of macaques who are the only group of non-human primates in Europe that don’t live in captivity.