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The World’s Shortest International Flight Is Coming to an End

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 7/04/2017 Travel + Leisure Staff
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At just eight minutes long, a commuter flight between Switzerland and Germany became the shortest international flight in the world after its maiden voyage in November 2016.

Just five months later, the flight will no longer exist, local news outlets reported.

The flight had been too costly and did not attract the number of passengers expected, according to leadership from the Austrian People's Air Group, the carrier that ran the flight.

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The trip from St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany had beaten the previous record of an international flight that flew from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia in 10 minutes.

“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,” Danel Steffen, CEO of Austrian People's Air Group, told CNN at the time of its launch.

Despite the short duration of the Swiss-German flight, its launch in 2016 was not without controversy. Environmentalists argued that the amount fuel required for the short flight was disproportionate to its usefulness.

The final takeoff is scheduled for April 14.

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