Austrian Airline to Launch World’s Shortest International Flight

By Jesse Sokolow on 23 September 2016
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

People’s Viennaline, an Austrian airline headquartered in Vienna and based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, announced plans to offer what it said would be the world’s shortest international flight, St. Gallen to Friedrichshafen, Germany.

It is two minutes shorter than what was previously considered the world’s shortest international flight, Vienna to Bratislava, which took ten minutes. That service, which was offered by FlyNiki, is no longer in operation.

The flight, which will begin operations November 2 with twice-daily service Monday through Friday, will cost €40 ($45) for the 13-mile (21-kilometer) journey, which will take eight minutes from takeoff at St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport to landing at Friedrichshafen Airport. The airline operates the flights using a 50-seat Embraer 145.

The drive between the two cities, which are separated by the Bodensee or Lake Constance, takes approximately one hour and a ferry will take passengers across in 80 minutes.

The airline plans to use this as a feeder to its Friedrichshafen-Cologne route.

It also offers seasonal charter routes to destinations in Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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