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The World's Shortest Flights

For these quick flights, you won't have to worry about bringing a good book, taking a nap, or even worrying about whether or not your phone is charged. These five trips are so quick that boarding and disembarking might just take longer than the actual time you spend in the air.

A view of the starboard wing of a commercial airliner as it soars past the sun and clouds.Image: Plane Trip (Pixabay)

The Shortest Intercontinental Regular Commercial Flight:

Royal Air Maroc: Tangiers (TNG) to Gibraltar (GIB) - 69 kilometers

At its narrowest point, the separation between Europe and Africa is a mere 14 kilometers. You can take a ferry from Spain to Morocco or you could hop a quick flight directly from Tangiers to Gibraltar and avoid seasickness altogether.
 
Panoramic view of the Gibraltar airport.

Image: Gibraltar Airport (Flickr)

The Shortest North American Regular Commercial Flight

Greater Toronto Airways: Toronto (YTZ) and Niagara Falls (YCM) - 51 kilometers

The drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls is approximately 130 kilometers and usually takes about an hour and a half, so long as you avoid rush hour traffic. Alternatively, though, you can fly from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to the Niagara District Airport in a 15-minute straight shot across Lake Ontario.

Panoramic view of the Toronto skyline at dusk.

Image: Toronto skyline (Pixabay)

The Shortest Flight between Two National Capitals

ASKY & Camair-Co: Kinshasa (FIH) to Brazzaville (BZV) - 26 kilometers

From one Congo to the other, this short 26-kilometer plane ride takes passengers from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, across the Congo River, and to Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

A panoramic view of Kinshasa city streets and buildings.

Image: Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Flickr)

The Shortest International Commercial Flight

Anguilla Air Services - Sint Maarten (SXM) to Anguilla (AXA) - 19 kilometers

It's no secret that the Caribbean Islands are home to a multitude of tiny nations in close proximity to one another - so the area is a shoo-in for shortest international flight. The trip between Sint Maarten's gorgeous Princess Juliana International Airport and Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is the world's shortest international flight, taking just 10 minutes to complete.

A small passenger aircraft swooping in for a landing at the Princess Juliana International Airport over Maho Beach, Sint Maarten.

Image: Maho Beach, next to the Princess Juliana International Airport (Flikr)

The Shortest Regular Commercial Flight

Loganair - Westray (WRY) to Papa Westray (PPW) - 3 kilometers

The Orkney Islands of Westray and Papa Westray, off Scotland's rugged northern coast, are separated by narrow stretch of water. So narrow, in fact, that the airplane trip between them can be completed in under a minute, depending upon the winds, which makes this is the world's shortest regular commercial flight.

A small passenger plane descending over small houses in the fields of the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Image: Westray landing (Flikr)

Still interested in learning about more amazing flight routes?

Now that you're caught up on the shortest flight paths in the world, why not check out our blog entry on the longest flight paths in the world? Follow the link below to learn more!

Update: The Longest Flights in the World

For information on more of the world's shortest flights, check out our source, "A 10-minute flight? World's shortest airline routes," courtesy of CNN.

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