Vienna to Bratislava: FlyNiki airline plans world's shortest international flight

An Austrian low-cost airline has announced plans for what it claims is the world's shortest international flight – a 48-kilometre hop from Vienna to Bratislava.

FlyNiki will launch the 10-minute service in April linking the Austrian and Slovakian capitals – a journey that can take as little as an hour by car, or even less by train.

Barring aviation enthusiasts, few will be enticed by the prospect of negotiating airport queues for such a brief flight, and the airline admits that it will be primarily used as a transfer service.

Its claim that the service will be the world's shortest international flight may not stand up to scrutiny, however.

Camair-Co, the flag carrier of Cameroon, runs a regular service between Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo – a distance of around 20 miles.

Google Flight Search suggests that trip is scheduled to take 30 minutes, so FlyNiki may claim the record for shortest international flight duration.

The world's shortest domestic flight is the famously succinct route between Westray and Papa Westray in Orkney, operated by Loganair. The distance between the two locations stands at slightly more than a mile and can be travelled in as little as 47 seconds, depending on the direction of the breeze.

At the other end of the scale, a Singapore Airlines service from the Asian city state to Newark was once the world's longest (by distance) non-stop flight – at up to 16,576 kilometres, depending on the route taken - until it was scrapped in November 2013. That record is now held by Qantas for its 15-hour, 13,800-kilometre slog from Sydney to Dallas.

FlyNiki was founded in 2003 and serves more than 50 destinations in Europe and North Africa.

The Telegraph, London