Seaplanes to fly over the Ionian Sea in the summer

25 January 2016
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The Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry and the Shipping and Island Policy Ministry in cooperation with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund ((HRADF) are planning to grant licences for the construction of waterways on the islands of Paxoi, Zakynthos, Cephalonia and Lefkada as well as in Patras with the view to creating the first network of waterways in Greece.

The first waterway in Greece will operate at the port of Corfu. Procedures for the licencing of another 50 waterways are underway.

“Our efforts will focus on the Ionian Sea,” Angelos Vlachos, member of HRADF board of directors, said to ANA-MPA in a meeting also attended by Chinese investors of the European seaplanes construction company Dornier Seastar.

“We believe that a small waterways network will be ready in the coming months and now rests on the side of the companies to attract airlines and to see seaplanes in the waters of the Ionian Sea within 2016,” Vlachos said.

“It is a project of national importance, and I am absolutely convinced that not only one, but more companies will operate their seaplanes over the Ionian Sea. Three to four companies have already expressed interest, including a Croatian company that plans to set its base on Corfu and operate routes to Greece and other European countries,” the president of Hellenic Seaplanes Tassos Govas underlined.

On his part, the president of Dornier Seastar, Conrado Dornier, said: “I am pleasantly surprised from the fact that many things have progressed in Greece over the last year and we are interested in completing our investment plans for our new seaplanes in Greece … We will finally be able to connect the sky with the sea.”

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