I stand corrected — despite the widespread claim that St. Gallen – Altenrhein was the shortest international flight, it appears there’s an Anguilla – St. Maarten flight which is only 12 miles.
The title for shortest regularly scheduled flight ever belongs to Logainair’s Westray – Papa Westray service. It’s scheduled at 2 minutes, but usually takes just 1 minute. It’s a subsidized route of less than 2 miles over water that began in 1967.
Back in November a new shortest international flight was launched between St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland and Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The flight is only 13 miles and is scheduled at 20 minutes gate-to-gate.
However the flight will cease April 14.
Much of the reporting on world’s shortest flights focuses on Vienna – Bratislava, the two closest European capitals. FlyNiki offered the service but doesn’t appear to any longer. I haven’t checked all low cost carriers, many of which serve Bratislava, but only rail service appears to be published in GDSs.
However the elimination of St. Gallen-Friedrichshafen leaves the new world’s shortest international flight as Kinshasa – Brazzaville.
Likely the reason this flight gets missed is because it’s between Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo, two separate countries.
Kinshasa is the former Léopoldville, capital of what used to sometimes be referred to as The Conga as opposed to Congo-Brazzaville or just Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo used to be known as Zaire and was once Belgian Congo, Republic of Congo was once administered by the French.
Both being ‘Congo’ leads to the flight being missed. But this 35 minute, 16 mile flight will become the shortest international air service in the world beginning April 15.