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Hydroplanes will bring visitors to the Greek islands

Landing seaplane in the lagoon
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At the beginning of the summer season of 2021, they plan to launch a new type of transportation in Greece — seaplanes. Hellenic Seaplanes and Grecian Air Seaplanes will launch routes that will connect numerous islands to the mainland.

Anastasios Govas, CEO of the participating Greek Water Airports, believes that seaplanes' operation will increase tourist traffic and provide essential transportation services, medical and logistical support to many isolated Greek communities.

At this stage, three water aerodromes on the Ionian IslandsCorfu, Paxi, and Patra — are ready to receive seaplanes.

With the support of foreign investors, they plan to organize more than 100 seadromes in the next five years — on the islands, in ports, in remote and inaccessible areas, and some hotels. It is expected that the largest of them, worth €25 million, will be located in the harbor of Eleusinas, 20 km from the center of Athens, and will be the largest in the Mediterranean.

"The launch of seaplane flights, scheduled for the summer of 2021, should make Greece the Maldives of Europe, said Hellenic Seaplanes head Nicholas Haralambous at a meeting with Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.