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Westray and Papa Westray Flight

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Westray and Papa Westray are connected by the World's Shortest Scheduled Flight.

The 1.7-mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray has set a record flight time, from the wheels coming up to touching down again, of 52 seconds.

2014 bridge plan

In 2014, plans to carry out studies which could lead to the construction of a bridge linking the islands and lead to the closure of various airports were announced, but it was also noted that these were very much long-term plans, which would take several years to complete, even if they were given the go-ahead, due to the wide-ranging scope of design, compliance, and implementation, and further effects on services such as ferries:

PLANS for a multi-million pound bridge between two remote Orkney islands could end the shortest schedule flight in the world.

The air link between Westray and Pappa Westray could be grounded by a scheme to build tunnels, bridges and causeways between a number of Orkney’s islands.

Councillors have decided to consult with the public over various proposals.

The 1.7-mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray attracts flight fans from all over the world. The record flight time, from the wheels coming up to touching down again, is 52 seconds.

But Orkney Islands Council is now looking at a series of fixed links involving seven islands.

Airfields on Westray and Pappa Westray may have to close as a result.

Plans for a 2.6 mile fixed link from neighbouring Eday are under consideration, along with a number of other ambitious projects.

The council’s development and infrastructure committee also looked at refreshing previous work on a tunnel to Shapinsay, a study into the provision of a fixed link between Rousay and Egilsay and a study into a fixed link between Rousay and Wyre.

Some of the schemes could also included renewable energy generation such as tidal power.

A report to councillors said the link between Eday and Pappa Westray would see the closure of “two, possibly three airfields”.

- Orkney bridge plan may end world’s shortest flight. [1]

References

1 Orkney bridge plan may end world’s shortest flight - The Scotsman Retrieved June 22, 2014.

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