World’s Shortest International Flight is Cancelled

When you think about an international flight, the image of jetliners and 10 hour journeys come to mind. However, one small Austrian airline turned the idea of international flying on its head back in November 2016.

An 8-minute flight between Germany and Switzerland that was said to be the world’s shortest regularly scheduled international route has now been discontinued though, officials say.

The route, which carried passengers over Lake Constance as it flew between St Gallen-Altenrhein airport in Switzerland and Friedrichshafen in southern Germany, was only launched last year. It was part of a route that continued onward to the western German city of Cologne.

St Gallen Altenrhein airport

St Gallen-Altenrhein Airport / Image:

The 13-mile long flight to Friedrichshafen had provided commuters with an option to the hour-long drive through Austria or a  two-hour trip on public transit.

Claus-Dieter Wehr, the chief executive of Friedrichshafen airport, said Vienna-based airline People’s Viennaline was abandoning the route as of April 14 due to low demand.

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