The World's Shortest International Flight is Short, Like Really Short
PHOTO: A People's Viennaline flight (photo via Flickr/Anna Zvereva).
A new flight from Switzerland to Germany may not technically be the world's shortest, but with only eight minutes between takeoff and landing, it's likely passengers won't even have enough time to check a single email.
According to FoxNews.com, Austrian airline People's Viennaline will begin flying passengers across Europe's Lake Constance this fall, taking off from St. Gallen, Switzerland and landing in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The flight, which covers just 12.5 miles, will become the world's shortest international flight when service begins Oct. 31, overtaking the previous record held by a 10-minute flight between Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Naturally, the flight will be relatively cheap, costing just $45 for a one-way trip. But passengers can pay more to go farther since the route is the first leg of a longer route between St.Gallen and Cologne, Germany.
While the flight will last about as long as Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," it isnt' quite short enough to top Europe's shortest domestic flight, which flies between the villages of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands off Scotland's northeastern coast.
The news comes one week after Greater Toronto Airways began offering daily 12-minute flights from Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake's Niagara District Airport.
If you're now wondering about the world's longest international flight, Middle Eastern carrier Emirates recently surpassed Australia's Qantas with an 8,800-plus-mile nonstop flight between Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Auckland, New Zealand that takes more than 17 hours to complete.
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