Talks start on Greek seaplanes
Archimedes: July 2013
Talks start on Greek island seaplanes.
Visitors planning could be taking to the air next year. Other Greek islands are taking their lead from the Ionian islands in setting up a seaplane network to serve both local people and holiday visitors. Islands in the south Aegean are holding a forum this week to discuss the merits of setting up seaplane services between the islands.
It follows the relaxation of licensing laws and news of plans to launch seaplane services between Corfu and other Ionian islands later this year.
The forum, held on the island of Syros, is called "Greek Islands: An ideal location for the development of seaplanes".
It will look at the development of waterways in Greece and licensing issues as well as the merits of investment in seaplanes.
The South Aegean region seems an ideal area to launch seaplane routes between islands such as Andros, Kalymnos, Kos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes and Santorini.
Talks have already been held between potential Canadian investors, the Piraeus Port Authority and corporate executives.
Vice governor of the Cyclades, George Poussaios, said: ""The time has come for action to be taken and for specific timelines to be set for seaplanes to actually launch."