Orkney Islands

Island Hopping

Photo credit: Odd Wellies, Flickr

This is the cockpit of “The Islander”—the small aircraft that offers commercial flights 1.7 miles each way from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The route is operated by Loganair, and it’s the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world. Flying time comes in at just under a minute and a half, and the distance covered is half the length of the world’s longest commercial runway (at Tibet’s Qamdo Bamda Airport, which is 3.4 miles long).

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