World’s shortest international flight by Aruba

Aruba Airlines has launched what can be called one of the shortest flights in the world. The airlines has introduced a flight connecting Venezuela and Aruba, which can be reached in 10 minutes.

Just 50 miles (80 km) separate the two airports in Aruba (AUA) and Punto Fijo (LSP) in northern Venezuela. The two countries, however, are separated by only 15 miles (24 km).

The flight, which was inaugurated late last week, will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, with connections to Curacao, Bonaire and Miami. Prices for the short journey starts at $215.

In January, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro had cut off all air and maritime access to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao for three months, alleging that the neighboring island countries were taking resources from Venezuela and selling them on the black market.

Connections between Venezuela and the Caribbean remained restricted. Punto Fijo is one of three Venezuelan airports that operates flights to Aruba. Flights to Curacao and and Bonaire are only authorized to depart from the Caracas airport.