Traveling by hydroplanes to Croatian Islands
The first hydroplanes of European Coastal Airlines (ECA) should start connecting Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Zadar, Rijeka and Pula with all the larger Croatian islands from next summer.
This is an Adriatic coastal air traffic project which will enable the islands with the warmest seas in Europe to be connected with a network of air, land and sea corridors of the old continent. In the first phase, which envisages the construction of water airports, purchasing of the air crafts and the creating of a reliable air carrier, investors from Germany and Switzerland plan to invest at least 31 million euros.
In the first phase the ECA plans to connect Split and Dubrovnik with Korcula and Hvar, Vis, Lastovo and other surrounding islands, and to the north Šibenik, Zadar, Rijeka and Pula with Mali Lošinj, Rab and other Dalmatian islands, with six 19 seater air crafts.
30 sea harbours would be used for landing and take off. In the second phase the islands will be connected with Italian cities of Brindisi, Bari, Foggia, Ancona, Rimini, Ravenna, Bologna, Padova, Trieste and Venice.
The flight from Ancona to Mali Lošinj would only take 32 minutes and from Pescara to Vis only 42 minutes.
Timetable for currently available hydroplanes :
- For more info and booking check European Coastal Airlines www.ec-air.eu
- See also some historical images of hydroplanes around Croatian coast