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Skyros in talks on seaplanes

- by Jeremy Guest

Skyros in talks on seaplanes.

The island of Skyros could be one of the first of the Sporades islands to benefit from seaplane services. Talks have been held between the Skyros island port authorities and several Greek seaplane companies about flights to the island. The move could help open up the island of Skyros to more holiday tourism as well as benefit the local community.

Although one of the Sporades islands, like Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, the island of Skros has lost out on holiday visitors as it has no ferry service from its neighbours.

Visitors to Skyros must travel overland to Evia and catch ferry from there, leaving the island off the main Greek island tourist map even though it have plenty of good beaches and tourist facilities.

Skyros port authority president Kyriakos Antonopoulos said: "The prospect of Skyros becoming a hub of a waterway connection network for other destinations would bring significant benefits to our island."

Greek company Hellenic Seaplanes was among those that have expressed an interest in proposals from Skyros port authority.

According to the proposal, the seaplane company would be free to license a waterway landing strip and flights could be in operation as early as February 2014.

Hellenic Seaplanes has plans to link a large number of Greek islands through a seaplane network. Initial proposals are to create waterway landing strips at 100 ports in Greece by the end of the year and establish another 100 next year.