The following is an example sentence in my book

Some passengers flew to Paris on the last trip

Is the use of trip idiomatic?

Trip is a short journey made for pleasure. I think it is not correct here, instead it should be flight

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    It's a perfectly acceptable sentence. 'Flew on the last flight' is tautology (saying the same thing twice). – Kate Bunting Aug 19 '19 at 16:55
  • "Trip to the moon" is not a short journey, yet the phrase is occasionally used: google.com/… – Hot Licks Aug 19 '19 at 17:10
  • "Some passengers flew to Paris" is good enough. As @KateBunting mentioned, using "on the last trip" just makes it redundant. – Justin Aug 19 '19 at 17:43
  • Lexico says nothing about "short" in its definition of trip noun. It's unclear what you are trying to say. Is it "there were some passengers on the last flight to Paris" ? – Weather Vane Aug 19 '19 at 18:16
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    The best word and phrasing will depend on context, but out of context I don't understand what that sentence is supposed to mean. What is the "last trip"? The last available commercial flight of the day, the last flight that aircraft ever made, the last holiday that those passengers took, or...? – nnnnnn Aug 20 '19 at 1:42

The word "trip" historically means to walk, to kick or to "trample with the feet". Given the modern modes of transportation, it has come to mean any type of travel or even new experiences and adventures, including airplane flights, and unintentional falls. To answer the question directly: yes, the usage is correct and idiomatic. I've seen the expression "trip to the Moon" many times.

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