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article imageSeaplanes in Croatia: Promo video, Rijeka, Pula new destinations

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 12, 2014 in Travel
Split - European Coastal Airlines releases a promotional video of the first modern scheduled seaplane service in Europe, as well as confirming imminent operations for two more routes.
A few months after the launch of the first scheduled seaplane service in modern European aviation history, European Coastal Airlines released its first promotional video on December 12, 2014, as well as confirming two new destinations in a phone call with Digital Journal.
The short video, which can be seen below, is a stunning introduction to the beauty of the Adriatic coast, whose islands are becoming more accessible with the seaplane service. Video footage over the islands of Brac, Hvar and Kornati, as well as the Dalmatian capital of Split, gives next summer's tourists to Croatia a mouthwatering glimpse of how their travel experience will be enhanced by the expanding seaplane network.
The service, which started in late August with the inaugural flight from a sea port near Split Airport to Jelsa (a route covered in depth in an earlier Digital Journal report), has been popular with local residents and tourists alike, with a significant number of passengers taking the flights for the purpose of panoramic views of the spectacular Adriatic coast, rather than onward travel.
To the surprise of many in Croatia, the company announced that they would fly all year, in contrast to the numerous budget airlines which only operate in the main tourist season, and a recently launched Christmas sale of tickets from as low as 99 kuna (US$18) is proving popular for Christmas gifts.
In addition to opening up the islands  ECA is experiencing strong demand from tourists looking for p...
In addition to opening up the islands, ECA is experiencing strong demand from tourists looking for panoramic flights.
European Coastal Airlines
In addition to the video release, ECA Sales and Marketing Director Jan Albers confirmed in a short telephone interview that flights from Pula would start next month, connecting the Istrian city to Split, for example, with a flying time of just 64 minutes and a brief stopover on the island of Rab. This compares favourably with the bus, which takes 11 hours. There is currently no commercial direct flight between Pula and Split.
After a successful test flight from Mali Losinj to the port city of Rijeka recently, talks are ongoing about connecting the city's waterfront with islands such as Losinj and Cres, as well as adding Ancona in Italy and other Dalmatian destinations in time for the 2015 season. Albers confirmed that ECA had reached agreement with Rijeka Airport to start operations from the airport shortly.
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