Think about the places you could get to in eight minutes. The local supermarket, the gym or if you’re lucky, the nearest bus stop perhaps?
But what if we said you could transcend international borders in that time, you’d think we’re crazy right? Well, today an Austrian airline has started what it claims is the world’s shortest regular international connection taking, you guessed it, eight minutes.
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Mind-blowing, we know.
The flight offered by People’s Viennaline connects St Gallen-Altenrhein in Switzerland with Friedrichshafen in southern Germany.
It is part of a route which continues onward to the western German city of Cologne and passengers can book the short part of the journey for a sweet 40 euro (£36).
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However, it hasn’t all been plane sailing (see what we did there?!) for the airline. German news agency dpa reported that Swiss Green Party politician Meinrad Gschwend said he wants to see the flights banned on environmental grounds.
The airline responded by saying that driving around the lake for an hour would produce as many harmful emissions as the short flight.
Tbh, we wouldn’t mind some more short hop flights right here in the UK. Brighton to London, anyone?