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Kef seaplane summer service?
« on: Monday, 25 January, 2016 @ 18:26:40 »
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Ionian islands to welcome seaplanes in the summer

The 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.
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/transport/airlines/14215-ionian-islands-to-welcome-seaplanes-in-the-summer.html


Let's hope it fares better than AirSea Lines:

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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
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirSea_Lines

Had plans to land(?) / take off from the sea behind the old bus station in Argostoli but that never happened, briefly ran a service from Kef airport to Patras but the ticket price was high and the timings not much use (IMO).

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 26 January, 2016 @ 12:37:39 »
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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.
http://news.gtp.gr/2016/01/25/waterway-network-in-the-ionian-expected-soon/

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #2 on: Monday, 21 March, 2016 @ 20:14:39 »
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Ionian Islands plan first water airport network in Greece

Ionian 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.
http://www.amna.gr/english/article/13291/Ionian-Islands-plan-first-water-airport-network-in-Greece

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday, 09 February, 2017 @ 16:53:13 »
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Still No Progress in Greek Waterway Saga

Waterway 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”.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/02/08/no-progress-in-greek-waterway-saga/

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 @ 16:58:24 »
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Ionian water airports closer to takeoff

Deputy 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.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/216394/article/ekathimerini/business/ionian-water-airports-closer-to-takeoff

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 @ 14:12:36 »
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Patra Waterway Gets Go-ahead, Seeking Operator

The waterway in Patra is now the third to receive approval, paving the way for the launch of an invitation of interest in order to find the contractor who will take over its operation as well as the entity which will oversee the completion of the work.

The Patra waterway is the third to get the go-ahead following a ministerial decision this week and comes after Corfu and Paxi.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/05/09/patra-waterway-gets-go-ahead-seeking-operator/


No more news of a Kef connection, but if ever it does get off the ground, er, the water, at least the service has somewhere to go.

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 12 May, 2017 @ 18:04:46 »
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Patra Waterway Gets Go-ahead, Seeking Operator
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No more news of a Kef connection, but if ever it does get off the ground, er, the water, at least the service has somewhere to go.

 :lol: :lol:

Could make quite a splash!  ;)

Tony

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #7 on: Monday, 15 May, 2017 @ 18:28:29 »
No mention of Kef but the idea, as a whole, seems to be treading water...

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Seaplane routes to Greek isles, coastal resorts again resurfaces

A decades-old idea to commence regular seaplane routes towards Greece's numerous islands and even coastal resorts appears to have resurfaced over the recent period, with nascent operators reportedly in talks with a commercial carrier to offer supplementary air travel to the latter's passengers.

Linking islands and coastal cities without commercial airports via seaplanes has been a recurring prospect over the past 15 years or so, although red tape - initially - combined with non-viable operating costs prevented the idea from taking off.

The reported talks come ahead of the tabling of yet another bill allowing for the operation of seaplane facilities and corridors in the country.

According to sources close to the talks, the idea is to establish a "feeder line" between the commercial airline and seaplane operators.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1235436/seaplane-routes-to-greek-isles-coastal-resorts-again-resurfaces

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #8 on: Monday, 15 May, 2017 @ 20:45:06 »
The whole thing could stall again but it's not worth getting in a flap over. 

Tony  ;)

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 15 July, 2017 @ 11:50:48 »
The idea could be taking off, Tony:

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Four years and three months after a law was passed regarding strategic and private investments to accelerate licensing for seaplane bases, this market remains on paper.

However, government sources say that in the coming months the final draft of the bill regarding seaplane airports will be tabled in Parliament.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/220096/article/ekathimerini/business/draft-law-in-the-works-for-developing-seaplane-bases

...whether it'll ever take off on/from Kef...

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 15 July, 2017 @ 14:11:43 »
Wonder how the new, more commercially adept airport operators feel about any possible competition to their recently purchased monopolies?

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Re: Kef seaplane summer service?
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 15 July, 2017 @ 23:08:04 »
Hm, not sure they're in the same market. Fraport's dealing with big 'planes bringing hundreds of people in each time, rather akin to the Italy-Patras ferries. The seaplane service is more akin to the Sami-PisoAetos ferry. Put it another way, Fraport wants to sell burgers and perfume to hundreds of people every hour, I'll be surprised if the seaplane service sells much more than croissants and cola. Maybe they can complement, rather than compete, with one-another. Be interesting to see if you can fly UK-Kef for less cost than, say, Kef-Kerkyra.