Greece’s Island-hopping Cycladic Invests in Electric Planes
Greece’s first-ever inter-island airline Cycladic announced that it would be investing in the country’s first electric planes and in order to meet the summer demand will launch extra flights to new destinations starting June 15.
In this direction, the company teamed up with Monte Aircraft Leasing Limited for a program that will gradually convert the airline’s fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft into electric engines that will emit zero pollutants.
The airline also announced that it would be offering direct flights to Astypalea and Milos as of June 15 and that it was making efforts to clear “bureaucratic obstacles” so as to offer flights to Mykonos and Santorini.
The Paros-based airline launched operations last October offering air transport services to a number of islands in the Cyclades, including connections to Paros, Mykonos, Santorini, Syros and Milos as well as to Crete (Chania and Heraklion) and Rhodes.
Operated by Ιfly SA, Cycladic is the largest Greek private aircraft and helicopter management company receiving no government or EU funding or subsidies.
According to its current summer program, Cycladic will serve six Greek island destinations – Syros, Naxos, Paros, Astypalaia, Heraklion and Milos – with at least five daily flights and is waiting for approval to carry out scheduled flights to Mykonos and Santorini. The company also runs charter flights throughout the summer.
Operating all year long and covering the transport needs of permanent island residents with its fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan which can accommodate up to 12 passengers, Cycladic also offers faster connections to other Greek islands for tourists.
Cycladic’s current fleet consists of three single-engine low-flying Cessna Grand Caravan with a reduced environmental footprint.
The airline’s summer program can be downloaded here.