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Ionian islands to welcome seaplanes in the summerThe Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in cooperation with the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry and the Shipping and Island Policy Ministry are planning to grant immediately licences for the construction of waterways on the islands of Paxoi, Zakynthos, Cephalonia and Lefkada as well as in Patras aiming to create the first network of waterways in Greece.
AirSea Lines was an airline based in Gouvia, Corfu, Greece. It was the first scheduled services seaplane operator in Greece in recent years... The airline ceased operations in 2008, citing bureaucratic and infrastructure hurdles. From May 2010 AirSea Lines will also operate in Kefalonia, Greece in a new route Poros, Kefalonia, Greece -> Patras, Greece
Tasos Govas, the president of Water Airports, the company which operates the waterway on Corfu, said that the goal is to have five to six licensed waterways in the Ionian in order for a fully operational network to function in Greece for seaplane companies to be able to form flight programs.Over the next two months, the waterway in Patra, which has a strategic importance for the wider region of Western Greece, is expected to receive its license for operation.According to Mr Govas, the waterways on the other Ionian islands of Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Lefkada should be licensed within the next three months.
Ionian Islands plan first water airport network in GreeceIonian Islands Regional Authority plans to spend around 200,000 euros to build the necessary infrastructure in ports and to approve licensing of four new water airports in Cephalonia, Ithaka, Lefkada and Meganisi, after approving licenses for Corfu and Paxi islands.Theodore Galiatsatos, regional authority in Ionian Islands, speaking to ANA-MPA said the Ionian Islands Regional Authority will soon have the first water airports network in Greece.
Still No Progress in Greek Waterway SagaWaterway plans and projects across Greece are still up in the air with leading investor Hellenic Seaplanes warning that if a sufficient number of waterways is not licensed in the upcoming summer season then “hydroplanes will never make it to Greece”.
Ionian water airports closer to takeoffDeputy Minister for Shipping and island Policy Nektarios Santorinios informed the Hellenic Union of Heptanisians on Monday that following the issuing of operating licenses for the water airports on Corfu and Paxi, the licensing process for the Patra water aerodrome has advanced considerably.He added that his ministry is about to propose legislation regarding seaplane ports on the other Ionian islands too.
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