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  1. bo
    bo at |

    Yes that has been there for a long time. It’ is very difficult to cross the Congo river boarder to get from Brazzaville to Kinshasa – the trip takes hours mostly due to very strict and chaotic boarder checks. Congolese nationals need a visa to enter DR Congo and it’s rather difficult to get. Although Kinshasa is the second largest francophone city in the world, if an airline only flies into Kinshasa they’d be forgoing the entire Congo (republic) market. This is the same reason why Air France has a flight to FIH and another flight to BZV from Paris though they are only 16 miles apart. Air Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, South African, Royal Air Maroc, and TAAG Angola all have similar arrangements.

  2. Sice
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    Definitely interesting flying those short hops…had a flight to FLL back in the late ‘90s that made a stop at MIA first. The plane emptied and 3 of us were left on board.

  3. Dave
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    Oh, memories of short flights… Unfortunately none are still scheduled, but:

    BOS-BDL on DL L10 in the late 80s-mid 90s (was a tag-on from BDA-BOS)
    BOS-PWM on DL 757 in the late 80s-mid 90s
    BOS-YUL on DL 763 in the late 80s-mid 90s (although that one’s a bit longer)
    The MIA-FLL one I believe was a DL 72S
    Another route that baffled me was ATL-JAX – admittedly a bit longer but still short – which, up til 2009/10 had about 15 flights each way per day, 90% on widebody equipment! I was lucky enough to fly on that route a couple of times on a 767-200 and both times it was near full even at off-peak times.

    Sadly these crazy routes are few and far between now, as management is now penny pinching (probably a good thing, though). The down side to that is, airline route networks are boring now! Pretty much a 737 or A320-series to everywhere domestic US.

  4. AtTheAirport
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    Wow! What a great flight for the 787. Is there any chance this will open up as a 5th freedom flight?

  5. The shortest 787 flight in the world
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  6. Mike
    Mike at |

    If this don’t beat all. I would’ve put my money on United’s 787 BOG-CTA, which I booked yesterday two days after this story appeared.

  7. Nikolay
    Nikolay at |

    One of the world’s shortest scheduled flight performs The Bulgarian National Carrier “Bulgaria Air” – between Varna (VAR) and Bourgas (BOJ) airports, Bulgaria, Europe – the flight is domestic and continues around 12 minutes – the distance is only 75 km