Not counting Special member state territories what's the longest scheduled flight one can take starting and ending in an EU airport?

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    So you're discounting the Azores because "derogations from the application of EU law could apply" even though "none do"? – phoog Sep 23 '16 at 22:15
  • Ivalo to Flores? – Count Iblis Sep 23 '16 at 22:16
  • @CountIblis Flores is part of a "special member state territory" so out of scope of the question. – phoog Sep 23 '16 at 22:24
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    @phoog I see! What about this flight? – Count Iblis Sep 23 '16 at 22:29

Air Berlin flight from Düsseldorf to Düsseldorf is a 12 hour sightseeing flight covering a distance of 9780 km.

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    +1. I tried to think of a reason why this doesn't answer the question, but I failed. It's scheduled (their official website talks about the next scheduled flight.) Also, you can't disqualify it because it leaves EU territory. That would also disqualify all flights crossing Swiss/Norwegian/Liechtensteinian airspace. Also, OP doesn't say "longest distance between airports" he just says "longest flight". I have to admit that this meets all of OP's criteria, and it easily wins by distance traveled. – Fiksdal Sep 24 '16 at 6:54
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    It's a great answer. It appears that the flight is really a Polarflug charter flight, operated by airberlin, which would really make it not a "regularly scheduled flight," but the question only asks about a "scheduled flight." – Zach Lipton Sep 24 '16 at 6:57
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    Must be quite a bummer to buy a ticket for a sightseeing flight and not get a window seat -- but the video clearly shows the middle seats occupied too. It seems to be doubtful whether any single-aisle airliner would have enough range to fly that trip without refueling stops, but still ... – hmakholm left over Monica Sep 24 '16 at 7:40
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    How can this be economical? Surely they cannot expect to fill seats that are not at least two seat from the window. – dan-klasson Sep 24 '16 at 20:53
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    The question didn't specify whether it was longest distance or longest time. – Michael Kay Sep 24 '16 at 22:04

Larnaca, Cyprus to Dublin, Ireland

Flight distance is 2316 miles (3727 km) and flight time of 5h 35m (via Cobalt Airseasonal route).

Cyprus is the easternmost country in the EU and this is the farthest flight available from it. If there was a scheduled flight to Lisbon it's be slightly better but not by much. Going from east-west is better than south-north due to going against the prevailing winds so it takes longer.

Flight distance


Helsinki to Lisbon on Finnair (Flight TAP Portugal 791) takes 4h55m and spans just over 3350 kilometers.

It's unlikely anything else could come close, unless there are charter flights from the northernmost Finnish airports.

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    Tenerife is in a "special member state territory" so out of scope of the question. – phoog Sep 23 '16 at 22:17
  • @phoog I've thought it's not since it's in the Schengen. Answer updated. – JonathanReez Sep 23 '16 at 22:24
  • I would include it on that basis, as well as the Azores, but I assume since chx linked to the Wikipedia article that mention in the article is definitive grounds for exclusion. – phoog Sep 23 '16 at 22:26
  • Flights from the northernmost Finnish airports: Well, there is a flight Rovaniemi–Chania (even though that is about 1000 km shorter) so the possibility exists. – Jan Sep 23 '16 at 23:04
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    @DenisdeBernardy too bad neither airport is in the EU. – Estey Dec 2 '16 at 13:39

Following up hippietrail's suggestion:

ORY (Orly, Paris, France) to CAY (Cayenne, Guyane, France)

is 4420 miles, 7114 km, about 9 hr

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    If French Guiana counts, then I think Réunion should too, and RUN-CDG is 9349 km, 11h15 with Air Austral. – hmakholm left over Monica Sep 24 '16 at 5:52
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    I know of Reunion and that's what I wanted to exclude, come now. – chx Sep 24 '16 at 8:52
  • @chx: What does Réunion lack that French Guiana has? – hmakholm left over Monica Sep 24 '16 at 10:57
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    @HenningMakholm: He wanted to exclude all overseas territory, otherwise a flight toward French Polynesia or New Caledonia would take you to the other end of the Earth (actually, there may not even be a direct flight, given how long the journey is). – Matthieu M. Sep 24 '16 at 12:48
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    while admirably clever, it does not seem to answer the sense of the OP's question. – Fattie Sep 24 '16 at 20:03

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