Buckle Up for This 8-Minute Plane Ride

From Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany—the world's shortest international commercial flight
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2016 3:48 PM CDT
Updated Nov 6, 2016 10:04 AM CST
An airplane from the regional airline People's Viennaline takes off from the airport on Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on Wednesday.   (Felix Kaestle/dpa via AP)

(Newser) – The world's longest nonstop commercial flight is nearly 15 hours; the shortest, about eight minutes. CNN reports on the latter out of Europe, where the puddle jumper (water droplet jumper?) between Switzerland's St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport and Germany's Friedrichshafen Airport is a commuter fantasy come to life as of Wednesday. The 13-mile trip over Lake Constance, serviced by the People's Viennaline airlines, takes less time than it does to pound a Starbucks iced latte as the first part of a longer route to Cologne, Germany. A one-way ticket costs about $45, per Traveller. "This stopover will benefit both tourists and commuters working on both sides of the lake and, of course, it is also likely to become a must in every aviation enthusiast's logbook," the airline's CEO says. (CNN lists other remarkably short flights around the world.)

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