Just eight minute trip between Switzerland’s St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Germany’s Friedrichshafen airpot is the world’s shortest international commercial flight.
Lake Constance lies on the Rhine at the northern foot of chain and its 571 sq. kilometers of waters area unit shared by 3 countries: European country, European country and European nation.
There area unit simply twenty kilometers, because the crow flies, between St. Gallen-Altenrhein airfield, on the northeastern tip of European nation and Friedrichshafen, Germany, on the alternative shore.
People’s Viennaline, atiny low Austrian airline, can connect the 2 cities with its new regular service.
The journey time? simply eight minutes.
This flight, served by Embraer regional jets, is really simply the primary leg of a extended route that ends in Cologne.
Only regarding 100 percent of the forecast annual forty,000 passengers area unit expected to only take the shorter leg between Altenrhein and Friedrichshafen, says Danel Steffen, chief operating officer of People’s Viennaline.
“But this stopover can profit each tourists and commuters acting on either side of the lake and, of course, it’s conjointly probably to become a requirement in each aviation enthusiast’s record book,” he adds.
As an additional bonus for aviation fans, Friedrichshafen is additionally wherever the primary Zeppelin airships were designed and tested.
People’s Viennaline is additionally uncommon — it is the solely airline in Europe to be in hand by associate airport: St.Gallen-Altenrhein.
And whereas the airfield is found simply meters from the Austrian border, it lies entirely on Swiss territory.
“The international character of this operation is sort of distinctive,” explains Steffen.
“Although they belong to a similar owner, the airfield is working below Swiss laws and rules and therefore the airline below Austrian ones.”
It’s not the primary time associate Austrian airline has equivalent to breaking the record for shortest flight.
Although the concept ne’er came to fruition, in 2015 FlyNiki was rumored to be considering launching regular flights between its Vienna hub and near Pressburg, fifty kilometers away in Slovak Republic, or a 10-minute flight.
In fact the 2 cities area unit shut enough for Irish airline Ryanair to possess at one purpose marketed a number of its Pressburg flights as “Vienna.”