Mrs Gerekou is closely following the course of the project and has even played a decisive role in authorizing the first waterfront in Corfu in 2014 as Deputy Minister of Culture.
Therefore, during the discussion, emphasis was placed on the Ionian Waterways as this area is now ready to launch seaplane flights. It should be noted that in the period 2004-2008 the Seaplanes operated in the wider Ionian region.
Their main base was Corfu and they operated flights to the rest of the Ionian Islands, Patras, Ioannina Lake and Brindisi, Italy.
Despite the pilot nature of the project, clear examples of the reliability of the Seaplanes were given, as they operated about 15,000 flights and 180,000 passengers during the period of operation without causing the slightest safety or flight problems.
The indisputable conclusion is that the inhabitants of the Ionian islands, as well as the tourists who used the Seaplanes, have greatly benefited from the operation of these flexible modes of transport.
For its part, the Corfu Port Authority has acquired the first two Waterways Permits in Greece (in Corfu and Paxos) and has set up, in partnership with the Greek Waterways, the Northern Ionian Waterways Company which is the Operating Body. of the Corfu and Paxos Waterways.
The existence of these aqueducts and the expected licensing by the PIN five more in the islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Meganisi, makes the Ionian the most mature market for launching seafaring flights in 2020.
Waterways in the Ionian Sea can be the guide for the creation of an extensive network of Waterways in the other island, coastal and lakeside areas of our country. ”
Mrs Gerekou, aware of the important initiatives taken by the incumbent Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport to pass a new improved Law on Waterways, as she has since 2009 contributed to the creation of a legal framework for the Deputy Minister of Tourism, but also to the licensing of the first airport. Corfu in 2014.
It has stated that it will assist itself, with its institutional role in the tourism sector, where necessary, as the seaplane tourism market will expand and develop qualitatively. Tourists will be able to move more quickly and safely to their holiday destinations in an innovative way, but also to increase their choice of destination traffic.
In particular, Ms Gerekou said: “It is very important for all our islands to be able to connect directly to seaplanes. I have been supporting this project for many years and I believe that its implementation will make the most of tourism and local communities.
It is also worth mentioning here that they are more environmentally friendly.
During the meeting it was noted
On both sides, the benefits of operating the Waterways will be manifold.
Beyond Economics they will also be Social and will primarily concern the quality of life of the inhabitants of the island of Greece, especially the small and isolated islands.
Reliable and uninterrupted accessibility, secured by Seaplane flights, will revitalize the small islands’ local economies by upgrading their tourism while improving overall social cohesion. “
source – tornosnews.gr