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Seaplanes will Fly from 2015 onwards

21 July 2014 / 20:07:06  GRReporter
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Currently, in Greece over 30 seaplane airports are going to be built and if everything goes as planned, starting from 2015, the Greeks will be able to fly anywhere with that kind of air transport.

More specifically, in the coming months, seaplane airports will be built on the Cycladic Islands, Ionian Islands, the islands of the northern Aegean Sea as well as in different coastal regions and in various lakes in the country.

The company of Hellenic Seaplanes S.A. has launched construction procedures regarding 15 seaplane airports, including the islands of Tinos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros and Zakynthos.

For the building of the first airport on the island of Tinos, by means of competition procedures, the company of Seaplane Airport – Tinos has been selected, a daughter company of Hellenic Seaplanes SA.

This is the first island of the Cycladic archipelago, where the tender for concession has been completed for the airport construction site. The  selection procedures have already begun, for an investor-contractor who will first submit an application for a licence to build the airport, and will eventually take over the operation of the facility. Thus the Municipal Port Fund of the islands of Tinos and Andros will not have to pay any costs.

"The abovementioned investment activities of Hellenic Seaplanes SA have been progressing at a steady pace and soon it is expected that the company will build a network of airports on the Cycladic Islands,” the company has announced.

The company's CEO Nikolaos Charalambous said, "Tinos is one of the most important destinations with a lot of tourists and active religious tourism, which will soon be connected with the whole of Greece by seaplanes... Building a network of seaplane airports and the development of this type of communication in Greece is a fact, and we will try to cover all possible destinations, which will lead to the stimulation of Greek tourism. Our goal is to create a comprehensive plan to develop a network of seaplane airports through which the connection of Tinos with the rest of Greece will be relaunched."

Hellenic Seaplanes S.A. has started the procedure of obtaining a licence, construction and operation of seaplane airports for planes on other islands too, and soon it is expected to develop destinations to the whole of Greece. Simultaneously, many municipalities and port funds have announced procedures for expression of interest and tenders for construction of seaplane airports, whereas others have opened tender procedures for the concession of their ports.

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