The Greek island of Skyros looks like it will be the first of the Sporades islands to benefit from seaplane services, as the license for the construction of a waterway at Linaria Port has been granted.
According to an announcement by Greek company Hellenic Seaplanes, the construction of a waterway at Linaria Port is expected to begin very soon.
The development of a seaplane network in Greece goes all the way back to 2000 but, due to the lack of an institutional framework, plans never got off the ground.
The mode of transport will assist island residents and solve interconnection problems between the islands.
In Skyros’ case, a seaplane connection will benefit the island in terms of holiday visitors as, currently, although it is part of the Sporades group, along with Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, it has no ferry connection from its neighbours.
Once the seaplane network in Greece is functional, the waterway at Linaria Port is said to connect Skyros with the North Aegean islands, Northern Greece, the Sporades islands, the Cyclades islands, Evia, Volos and Attica’s central seaplane base (possibly Faliro).
Hellenic Seaplanes said it will continue visits to islands and ports of the country in the effort to develop a sustainable network of waterways across Greece.
Below are images of the planned waterway at Linaria Port of Skyros, provided by Hellenic Seaplanes.