European Coastal Airlines
|Key people||Klaus-Dieter Martin (CEO)|
European Coastal Airlines is a seaplane operator based in Croatia. Founded in 2000, the company launched scheduled services in August 2014. Their fleet at this point consists of one Grumman G-21 Goose and one de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplane able to land both on ground and water.
The company was established in September 2000, by the Croatian company Obalna Kapitalna Ulaganja d.o.o. from Zagreb, Croatia, and European SeaPlane Service (ESPS) GmbH, from Landsberied, Germany. The airline flew several promotional flights using a restored vintage Grumman Goose in 2000. The Slobodna Dalmacija daily reported in August 2002 that the company had acquired licences to land at 25 destinations around the Croatian Adriatic, including the Zadar harbour. According to Croatian law, seaplane operations must obtain licences from both the local civil aviation and maritime authorities, along with concessions normally required for all businesses along the coast, in addition to special permits issued by the Harbormasters’ offices for each harbour they wish to use.
In the early 2000s the project was put on hold, but was re-launched in 2007 when they were joined by a Croatian investor. In August 2014 the company finally won the battle with Croatian slow bureaucracy and received all necessary permits. It launched scheduled services connecting Split and Jelsa on the island of Hvar on 27 August 2014. On 6 October 2014 company started scheduled flights between Zagreb and the island of Rab, but the service was suspended through the winter and resumed in April 2015
All destinations are in Croatia.
Charters and sightseeing flights are available on request.
The airline has extensive plans to introduce new destinations on Croatian islands and mainland. Introduction of trans-Adriatic routes between Croatia and Italy and also planned, although this is highly unlikely to be introduced before Croatian entry into Schengen Area which is expected no earlier than late 2016.
The European Coastal Service fleet includes the following aircraft (as of April 2015):
- 1 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (registration number: 9A-TOA, able to land both on ground and water)
The airline plans to introduce more aircraft once the destination network expands.
- "Flight Timetable (Valid from 1 April 2015)". European Coastal Airlines. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "About European Coastal Airlines". European Coastal Airlines. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Mezić, Davorka (24 August 2002). "Zračni taksi dovodi turiste". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "The Fleet:". European Coastal Airlines. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
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