World's shortest flight welcomes record flier

A regional airline has celebrated taking its millionth passenger on board the world’s shortest route.

Veteran flyer Anne Rendall received a bouquet of flowers on Monday after flying more than 10,000 trips on the service between two of the Orkney Islands, visiting island communities for her job at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director, said: “The route is a jewel in our network and known across the world.

“However, despite its fame, it’s an essential life-line for the people of Orkney, connecting the individual islands via a convenient air link.

“It’s used by teachers, doctors, policemen and school pupils, helping them to go about their daily routines with ease and simplicity.”

The eight-seater aircraft travels from Westray to Papa Westray, off mainland Scotland’s northeast coast.

Though the journey officially takes two minutes, with favourable winds it can be done in 47 seconds.

The airline has operated the 1.7 mile route since 1967, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the shortest scheduled airline service.

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