Connections to dozens of Croatian islands along its spectacular Adriatic coast from larger cities is set to be made easier and faster via hydroplane. That is the proposal from businessman Sawo Runjajic, the man behind the project who wants to connect larger cities with over 30 ports on the Adriatic coast.
Runjajic is proposing 19-seater amphibious aircrafts (De Havilland Twin Otter DHC-6), which can land on the sea, but also on a hard runway. The first stage of the project will see connections from Split and Dubrovnik to the Dalmatian islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis, Lastovo and other islands. Also in the first stage will be connections from Zadar, Rijeka and Pula to the islands of Mali Losinj, Rab and other northern islands.
From the Dalmatian port of Split to the island of Hvar, passengers could expect a flight time of around 12 minutes at a cost of 25 euros, whilst from Dubrovnik to Korcula the flight would last roughly 20 minutes with tickets priced at 43 euros. Rijeka to Mali Losinj would be a 22 minute flight and cost 48 euros.
The second phase of the project sees the Croatian islands connected with Italian cities such as Brindisi, Rimini, Bari, Ancona, Bologna, Padova, Trst, Venice and Foggia, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.
The project is lead by Aqua Project Group and SF marina, while the planes are owned by ECA – European Coastal Airlines, a subsidiary of ECA -European coastal air transport.