‘Water Airports’ to Serve Ionian Isles, Cyclades, Crete via Pylos
The Peloponnese port town of Pylos is among 28 other locations across Greece to get the green light for the construction of a waterway.
Greek company Water Airports will be responsible for the said waterway, which was an initiative of the Pylos – Nestor Municipality, aiming to boost accessibility and promote the Messina region’s tourist product with the luxury Costa Navarino resort at its core of activities.
“The licensing of waterways in our municipality marks a new era for tourism development and growth of the local economy. A dream come true, making us more optimistic about the future and our country,” said Pylos – Nestor Mayor Dimitris Kafantaris.
The decision paves the way for tourism development of Western Greece thanks to the access it will provide to the region as well as the links to other destinations. Flights from or via the Pylos waterway will serve Crete, the Ionian and Cyclades islands, Patra, Corinth, Katakolon and Nafplion and will also provide immediate access to the Kalamata airport.
“We believe the Pylos waterway will play a pivotal role for the sustainable operation of seaplanes in Western Greece. Pylos is undeniably a great tourist destination, developing thanks to careful planning which focuses on quality,” Water Airports president Tasos Govas said.
In the meantime, the licensing procedure for the country’s second waterway after Corfu, on Paxoi, is almost complete, with the first hydroplane to the Ionian islands expected to take off in late August. At the same time, media reports claim that the same procedure for the Patra waterway will also be complete by the end of next month, paving the way for the arrival of the first seaplanes from neighboring Croatia with European Coastal Airlines (ECA).