Express island hopping! Greek airline to launch seaplane service

  •     Hellenic Seaplanes want to connect 100 islands by 2016
  •     Crete, Skyros and Pelion should be serviceable by air next May
  •     Planes are able to land on water to visit the tiniest of islands
  •     It’s hoped more guests will flock to the country emerging from recession

Greek Island hopping has traditionally been the preserve of those willing to jump on ferries to sail between different outposts, but one Greek aviation company is hoping to change all that.

Hellenic Seaplanes is hoping to launch a service as early as next year, allowing tourists to hop between different Greek islands by seaplane.

There are currently just 50 airports across the country’s 6,000 islands, meaning travellers rely on a ferry service to explore the Mediterranean, but the airline hopes to create affordable flights and offer a whopping 100 connections by 2016.

The company, which is based in Athens and was founded in May 2013, recently got the green light to build a seaplane waterway at the port of Volos on the mainland.

Their next, more ambitious launch, has already been delayed. But all being well Crete, Skyros and Pelion should be serviceable by air next May.

Southern Crete is also a focus, allowing travellers easier access to locations such as Frangokastello castle.

Windsurfing spot Lefkas, Egkremnoi, Kathisma and Porto Katsiki, which have amazing beaches, are also going to linked by seaplane.

It’s hoped the plans will attract more visitors and boost tourism in a country emerging from recession.

Boss Nikolas Charalambous said: “The creation of a waterways network and development of seaplane transport in Greece is now a fact and we will try to cover all destinations. The Maldives and Virgin Islands have shown how seaplanes can contribute to the growth of tourism and we have more islands, a longer coastline and are close to large European tourist markets.”

Four waterways in Crete

  • Rethymnon: Municipal Port Authority
  • Chania: Port Authority
  • Heraklion: Port Authority
  • Hersonissos: Municipal Port Authority

with info from Daily Mail