Scottish airline wins bidding war for world's shortest flight

Scottish airline wins bidding war for world's shortest flight
Scottish airline wins bidding war for world's shortest flight

The Scottish airline Loganair has beaten two rival operators to run flights between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands.

The Telegraph reports that there is little more than a mile between the two islands and the trip takes around two minutes. However, it can take as little as 47 seconds, depending on wind direction.

Loganair has been running the service since 1967. A trip on the eight-seat Islander aircraft between Westray and Papa Westray currently costs £21 return.

The new three-year contract begins in April.

The Daily Mail reports that around 30 per cent of the total passengers using the service are carried on behalf of the council's education service, which includes both teachers and pupils. A number of passengers are also healthcare staff and patients.

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