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Austrian Airline to Launch World’s Shortest International Flight

Austrian Airline to Launch World’s Shortest International Flight

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 …

Frankfurt Airport Reports Drop in Passenger Traffic for August

Frankfurt Airport Reports Drop in Passenger Traffic for August

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for August 2016.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month dropped 5% year-over-year, with fewer than six million passengers passing through the airport. Fraport cited “the ongoing geopolitical situation” in destinations such as in Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey as well as the “overall security situation” in Europe as the reason for the decline.
Aircraft movements at the airport were down by …

Lufthansa Introduces City Sprinter Shuttle from Munich to Düsseldorf and Berlin

Lufthansa Introduces City Sprinter Shuttle from Munich to Düsseldorf and Berlin

MUNICH—Lufthansa introduced a shuttle-style service for flights from Munich to Berlin and Düsseldorf.
Available at Munich Airport, the new City Sprinter service includes dedicated a City Sprinter Fast Lane through the security checkpoint, a dedicated gate area, and late boarding, which means that passengers can arrive at the gate approximately 20 minutes before departure.
The City Sprinter Fast Lane is available exclusively to City Sprinter passengers from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and …

Lufthansa First European Carrier to Offer TSA PreCheck

Lufthansa First European Carrier to Offer TSA PreCheck

Lufthansa German Airlines said it has officially joined the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. The airline is the first European carrier to be authorized by the TSA to offer its passengers the expedited service.
All Lufthansa passengers who are enrolled in Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri, or the TSA PreCheck program are eligible to use PreCheck security lanes, as are active duty U.S. military members.
Passengers at a PreCheck security checkpoint do not …

High-Speed Train to Link Munich and Berlin in 4 Hours

High-Speed Train to Link Munich and Berlin in 4 Hours

MUNICH—By the end of 2017, it will be possible to travel from Munich to Berlin by train in four hours, according to officials at the Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railroad. The current trip takes six hours.
An expansion of the Intercity-Express or ICE high-speed rail line between the two cities is underway near Thüringer Forest and the result will be a much faster trip between the two prominent German cities.
The 66-mile …

Condor to Offer New Routes to U.S.

Condor to Offer New Routes to U.S.

Condor Airlines announced that it will begin five new routes between Germany and the United States.
The carrier will launch service between Seattle and Frankfurt at the end of the summer.
Additionally, Condor plans to begin twice-weekly seasonal service to New Orleans from Frankfurt on May 3, 2017. The airline will operate the service through October 4, 2017.
Also on May 3 of next year, Condor will launch twice-weekly seasonal service between Las …

Munich Shooting: What We Know as of Saturday Morning

Pubilc transportation was shut down in the middle of the Friday evening commute home.

MUNICH — Nine people were killed Friday night by a lone gunman and at least 27 were injured at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum or shopping center near the site of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
German authorities said that the gunman, who was dressed in black, was an 18-year-old German-Iranian with dual citizenship who had reportedly lived in Munich for two years. He was not identified but officials said he had …