Getting to your favorite island might become easier if it’s up to Water Airports SA, the company that has successfully completed the first seaplane test flight on the island of Corfu.
The seaplane repeatedly took off and landed from the port of Corfu and designated destinations in nearby Paxoi and other Ionian islands.
The test flights were carried out by Water Airports SA, the seaplane base management organization, in collaboration with K2 Smart Jets and the Japanese groups Setouchi Holdings and Mitsui & Co.
“It is a struggle that began roughly seven years ago and today we have the first test flight in Greece and specifically in Corfu. Our goal is to begin operating flights immediately when the next tourist season starts but that depends on whether state mechanisms, which are particularly slow, will work at corresponding speeds so that we can achieve our goal,” said Andreas Karotsieris, owner of K2 Smart Jets.
Water Airports SA has so far managed to obtain licenses for the three first seaplane bases in Greece, to be set up in Corfu, Paxi, and Patras.
It has also initiated processes for the licensing of another 34 seaplane bases in various island and coastal areas in the Ionian Sea, Crete, Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Saronic Gulf, the Peloponnese, and Attica.
The company’s immediate plans are to launch regular flights from Corfu in spring, initially using one 10-seat and one 19-seat seaplane.