Greek island hopping – by seaplane

The Guardian:

As the country, emerging from recession and crippling debt, prepares for a bumper tourist season – with an all-time record of 18.5 million visitors expected in the months ahead – it is hoped that the appeal of island hopping, among holidaymakers and locals, will finally get seaplanes off the ground in a plan that may create 400 jobs, and 112 water aerodromes by 2015.

“The Polynesian character of Greece makes it a natural home for seaplanes,” said Nicolas Charalambous of Hellenic Seaplanes, which plans to start scheduled flights between islands, mainland ports and lakes this summer. “Its coastline is the longest in Europe and it has more islands than either the Maldives or Virgin Islands,” he told the Guardian. “The big question, really, is why such a network has never been developed before.”