You may have heard that American Airlines just introduced the shortest commercial flight in the Untied States. As far as I can tell, that is not the case and the shortest flight in the USA remains unchanged. So what is shortest USA airline route?
American Airlines Announces New 29-Mile Flight
As part of its latest route consolidation in order to maintain service to all stations (as required by the CARES Act), American Airlines has a new “milk route” from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Eagle-Vail (EGE) to Aspen (ASE) to Montrose (MTJ).
Eagle to Aspen is only 29-miles.
While American Airlines might boast the shortest U.S. commercial flight for a legacy carrier, there is a shorter regularly scheduled commercial flight that has been around for years.
Cape Air Offers A Shorter Flight
Cape Air is an interesting carrier that offers shorthaul service in several regions including:
- New England
Its New England route map includes shorthahuls like Hyannis (HYA) to Nantucket (ACK) – 31 miles and what is really the shortest route in the land, Hyannis (HYA) to Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), a journey of only 26 miles. Yes, by three miles Cape Air has American Airlines beat.
The shortest domestic flights I have ever taken were Santa Ana (SNA) to Los Angeles (LAX) on United Express, a journey of 36 miles and from St. Thomas (STT) to San Juan (SJU), a journey of 68 miles (that is once again running on Untied). AA’s latest little hop may be the shortest flight in the USA offered by a legacy carrier, but Cape Air still offers scheduled commercial service of an even shorter distance. Since the AA flight is operated by SkyWest anyway, I’d give Cape Air the distinction of offering the shortest domestic flight in the United States.
Now all we need is Eastern to restart service between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, a distance of 21 miles…
What is the shortest domestic flight you have ever taken?
image: Cape Air