Just 100 hydrodomes

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SUT_Sea_Plane_9838For those – like me –who don’t know what a hydrodome is, here comes the technical bit.  They are floating Piers. And a company called Hellenic Seaplanes hopes to have 100 of these in place by the end of 2014. Why? So they can open a vast number of services that will enable you to hop between the Greek islands on their seaplanes.

For regular visitors to Greece and the islands you will aware that, as sure as day follows night, you can expect troubles with Greek ferries each summer. Go-slows, strikes, breakdowns, cancellations and just plain old over- crowding are something regulars have got used to. But a seaplane service saving you hours in ferry times sounds just the ticket. You’ll be able to see more islands and see them from a new angle – the sky!

Why hasn’t this happened before? because legislation only came in allowing seaports to be established for aircraft operations. Given the success of ventures like this in Florida, for example, you might have thought it would have come years ago.

The first ten routes will be flown starting in April aboard 19-seater Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, from mainland hubs in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Volos – with further island hubs in Crete, Santorini, Kos and Mylos.

But the service won’t be just limited to inter-island and connecting services. the fleet will be available for those who wish to do some dightseeing (and what better way to see a number of islands in one day) or for charter.

Regular travellers will hope that Hellenic Seaplanes succeeds and that we may be spared the usual summer problems.

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