On Wednesday, 80 years after the last seaplane was seen there, European Coastal Airlines (ECA) touched down in Šibenik at the spanking new Mandalina Marina after a 14-minute flight from Split. Commercial flights from Šibenik are expected to start next year as ECA expand its route network along the coast. Flights from Šibenik to Jelsa on Hvar, which became ECA’s first route in August, will take around 20 minutes, and around 35 minutes to Mali Lošinj and Korčula, where it also plans to officially start flying in 2015.
In 2015 ECA will fly its 19-seater DHC-6 Twin Otter also from the port city of Rijeka to the islands of Rab, Cres, Krk and Lošinj. Direct flights from Pula to Lošinj, and to the Italian destinations of Ancona, Ravenna and Venice also in the pipeline.
ECA have big ambitions, after investing around 15 million euros over the last 14 years since the project was launched, they plan to invest a further 20 million euros and increase the number of employees from 55 to 200 by the end of next year. (pic: ECA)