The world's shortest scheduled flight, which links the remote Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray, carried its one millionth customer this week -- quite a remarkable feat on a route that currently operates a tiny eight-seater plane.
It's only a 1.7 mile flight, though, one that can be done in less than a minute of flying time with a favourable tail wind; barely enough time to get the duty free trolley up the aisle, eat your packet of mini pretzels and leaf through the in-flight magazine. Here they go:
A large part of the route's popularity is thanks to the business of its most regular customer. Anne Rendall works as a "flying banker" for the Royal Bank of Scotland, helping communities on the islands do their banking even though there's not a branch anywhere near the island.
Loganair, the operator of the route, presented her with a bunch of flowers to say thanks for playing quite a big part in keeping the link looking busy, seeing as she's taken a staggering 10,000 and then some flights on the micro line. [Guardian]