West Ray

Validation date: 19 11 2011
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59°21'01"N 002°57'02"W

runway: 01/19 - 291m/924ft - grass
runway: 09/27 - 467m/1532ft - gravel
runway: 13/31 - 421m/1381ft - grass

Westray air field (ICAO: EGEW) is an airfield on Westray island in the Orkneys in Scotland.
The airfield was built in an attempt to break the isolation of the Orkneys and opened in August 1967. There are scheduled services, such as flown to the other remote airfields, using Britten-Norman Islanders. Westray is probably best known for the shortest scheduled commercial flight between two locations. The service, between Westray and Papa Westray, on average takes just 96 seconds, while the entire flight including taxying sometimes takes as little as 2 minutes. The airfields' only other facilities are a platform and a small office building/shed.


The entire flight from Westray to Papa Westray in this under 2 minute video (Youtube.com).


Overview of Westray in 2006 (Google Earth).