European Coastal Airlines
|Secondary hubs||Zadar, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula|
|Fleet size||4 + 6|
|Destinations||10 - 20|
|Key people||Klaus-Dieter Martin (CEO)|
European Coastal Airlines is an air taxi operator based in Croatia. Founded in 2000, the company launched scheduled services in 2008. Their fleet at this point consists of three seaplanes and they operate on routes around Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea.
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 2008 the company launched scheduled services connecting two islands in the northern Adriatic (Rab and Mali Lošinj) with three manland cities (Rijeka, Zagreb, Pula).
In July 2010 the Večernji list daily reported that ECA has expansion plans worth 33 million euros, which include building several pontoon bases along the Croatian coast, as well as converting part of the Divulje military base near Split into their central hub. Expansion plans also include an order for six additional DHC-6 Twin Otters and introduction of scheduled flights to five more destinations (Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula and Zadar), along with the currently served Pula, Rijeka, Mali Lošinj, Rab and Zagreb. The launch of the expanded services was announced for May 2011.
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The European Coastal Service fleet includes the following aircraft (as of July 2010):
- 2 + 6 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
- 1 Grumman G-21A Goose (built in 1944, refurbished in 2004)
- 1 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer
- "Flight Timetable (Valid from 1 July 2008)". European Coastal Airlines. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "The Fleet:". European Coastal Airlines. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "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.
- Capar, Luka (1 July 2010). "Od idućeg ljeta kopno će s otocima biti povezano hidroavionima". Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 July 2010.