World’s shortest international flight launched

Eight-minute hop beats previous record holder of 10 minutes
The shortest international flight in the world took off this week – an eight-minute hop over the border between Switzerland and Germany, on an Austrian airline.
The 20km route was started by People’s Air Group from St Gallen-Altenrhein in Switzerland over Lake Constance to Friedrichshafen, which is a stopover for passengers flying on to or from Cologne-Bonn.
The airline will fly each way twice a day, with a one-way ticket costing €40. The alternatives are to drive more than 60 kilometres around the lake, which takes about an hour, or to take a two-hour train ride.
However, the eight-minute flight has come under fire for the disproportionate amount of fuel needed for such a short trip, as well as the noise.
The new route beats the previous record holder, a ten-minute flight between Vienna and Bratislava operated by low-cost carrier FlyNiki.
The Local