PHOTO: St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland. (photo via Flickr/Kecko)
Just five months after the world’s shortest international route was added, the eight-minute flight between Germany and Switzerland will make its final journey on April 14.
According to The Local, officials from the Austrian People’s Air Group announced that the short-distance flight from St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, will be permanently canceled in April.
The two daily 20-kilometer flights began in November 2016 and cost travelers €40 (around $42.63) for a one-way ticket. The short-distance journey overtook the previous record held by a 10-minute flight between Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Friedrichshafen airport CEO Claus-Dieter Wehr told the New Zealand Herald that the Austrian People’s Air Group was dropping the route due to low demand and environmentalists criticizing the need for such a short flight that produces so much pollution.
“There was indeed small, recognizable progress, but we don’t think that the targeted number of passengers could have been reached,” airline owner Markus Kopf told The Local.
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The Austrian People’s Air Group was hoping to fly 40,000 passengers annually on the short route, which would be used as a connecting stop between Cologne-Bonn and the Swiss airport. The airline is also eliminating the flights between Friedrichshafen and Cologne-Bonn.
While an eight-minute flight sounds ridiculously short, news.com.au revealed that there is an even shorter domestic flight in Europe. The Loganair flight transports passengers between two villages in the Orkney Islands and only lasts an average of two minutes.