The Greek Airlines Seaplane Company announced that it will take advantage of the opportunity brought by the issuance of the first batch of passes to such ports to start seaplane flights in September to better connect the islands with the mainland.
In the initial stage, the fleet will include three 19-seater seaplanes, which will fly from ports in the Ionian Sea, and their number will increase over time.
Reuters pointed out that seaplanes can be used as a supplement to other means of transportation (including ferries and standard aircraft), and can also be used for charter flights, medical transportation and cargo services.
Greece has 16,000 kilometers of recessed coastline, which is ideal for seaplane service. Carriers can improve transportation to many tourist destinations and inaccessible islands, which will strengthen the tourism industry.
Hellenic Airlines Seaplane Company said these flights will fill the market niche and better connect the islands with the mainland. The company’s business plan calls for the purchase and lease of a seaplane, because it will have to set aside approximately $7 million for a plane.
The company said it plans to expand its business at the same time as the licensed ports on the Ionian islands, including Crete, Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese.
It said its shareholders include the head of the Greek water airport, a company that specializes in designing, building and licensing seaplane ports, and the airline AXIONAIR.