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

  • 1
    So you're discounting the Azores because "derogations from the application of EU law could apply" even though "none do"?
    – phoog
    Sep 23, 2016 at 22:15
  • Ivalo to Flores? Sep 23, 2016 at 22:16
  • @CountIblis Flores is part of a "special member state territory" so out of scope of the question.
    – phoog
    Sep 23, 2016 at 22:24
  • 1
    @phoog I see! What about this flight? Sep 23, 2016 at 22:29

4 Answers 4


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

  • 11
    +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, 2016 at 6:54
  • 1
    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." Sep 24, 2016 at 6:57
  • 2
    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 ... Sep 24, 2016 at 7:40
  • 2
    How can this be economical? Surely they cannot expect to fill seats that are not at least two seat from the window. Sep 24, 2016 at 20:53
  • 2
    The question didn't specify whether it was longest distance or longest time. Sep 24, 2016 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.

  • 1
    Tenerife is in a "special member state territory" so out of scope of the question.
    – phoog
    Sep 23, 2016 at 22:17
  • @phoog I've thought it's not since it's in the Schengen. Answer updated.
    – JonathanReez
    Sep 23, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 23:04
  • 1
    @DenisdeBernardy too bad neither airport is in the EU.
    – Estey
    Dec 2, 2016 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

  • 4
    If French Guiana counts, then I think Réunion should too, and RUN-CDG is 9349 km, 11h15 with Air Austral. Sep 24, 2016 at 5:52
  • 1
    I know of Reunion and that's what I wanted to exclude, come now.
    – user4188
    Sep 24, 2016 at 8:52
  • @chx: What does Réunion lack that French Guiana has? Sep 24, 2016 at 10:57
  • 4
    @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). Sep 24, 2016 at 12:48
  • 4
    while admirably clever, it does not seem to answer the sense of the OP's question.
    – Fattie
    Sep 24, 2016 at 20:03

You must log in to answer this question.