K2 SmartJets is to assist in the creation of Hellenic Seaplanes (Athens Int’l) – a new Greek initiative which aims to connect central Greece with the country’s islands through the development of new, previously inaccessible, routes using seaplanes.
Thus far, two DHC-6-400s Twin Otters have been secured with options for a further four still on the table. The company recently approached the municipalities of Lokron (Fthiotida Prefecture), Almiro (Magnesia), Kalamata (Peloponnese) and Syros (Cyclades) and requested cooperation for the creation of waterways.
According to press reports, Hellenic Seaplanes intends to build 100 waterways in Greece by the end of 2013 and another 100 in 2014 with plans to connect Attica with Kythera, Naxos, Paros, Karpathos, Sitia and Skiathos; Rhodes with Kos, Astypalaia and Leros; Kos with Astypalea and Leros; Corfu with Zakynthos; and Aktio with Kefalonia and Zakynthos.
The venture is by no means the first of its kind and sceptics have pointed to the demise of a previous airline, AirSea Lines, who had invested EUR100million to buy 30 new aircraft only to suffer from a lack of government assistance in setting up the requisite waterways.