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The islands of Croatia soon to be reachable by hydroplanes

23 November 2011 No Comment

The first hydroplanes of the German company European Coastal Airlines (ECA) should start connecting Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Zadar, Rijeka and Pula with all the larger Croatian islands from next summer.

This is an Adriatic coastal air traffic project which will enable the islands with the warmest seas in Europe to be connected with a network of air, land and sea corridors of the old continent. In the first phase, which envisages the constuction of water airports, purchasing of the aircrafts and the creating of a reliable air carrier, investors from Germany and Switzerland plan to invest at least 31 million euros.

In the first phase the ECA plans to connect Split and Dubrovnik with Korčula and Hvar, Vis, Lastovo and other surrounding islands, and to the north Šibenik, Zadar, Rijeka and Pula with Mali Lošinj, Rab and other Dalmatian islands, with six 19 seater aircrafts.

30 sea harbours would be used for landing and take off. In the second phase the islands will be connected with Italian cities of Brindisi, Bari, Foggia, Ancona, Rimini, Ravenna, Bologna, Padova, Trieste and Venice. The flight from Ancona to Mali Lošinj would only take 32 minutes and from Pescara to Vis only 42 minutes.

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