Monday, 6 June 2016

And Now Novalja: Party in Style on Zrce with Seaplane Arrival from July 1

Good news for the party crowd, as European Coastal Airlines announces the start of scheduled flights to Novalja on June 6, 2016 - flights start July 1.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Celebrity Commuting: Seaplaning from Pula to Split

The European Coastal Airlines summer continues, and arguably the most popular route so far is the daily connection from Resnik near Split Airport to downtown Pula in Istria.

With a bus connection taking 11 hours and the seaplane just one, it is little wonder that the route - which includes a spectacular flight up the coast, flying low over Zadar, Sibenik and the Kornati islands - is a main attraction of the airlines. For tourists wanting to island hop, the chance to connect from Istria to Dalmatia in an hour is welcome, but more and more people are using it for the convenience of transfer for their everyday business.

Celebrities such as singer Oliver Dragojevic, for example, who flew to Pula this morning, a comfortable way to get to Istria ahead of his concert last night. Here is Oliver, pictured with ECA boss Klaus Dieter Martin. 

He was preceded by another celebrity frequent traveller, Emmy and Golden Pen winner Ashley Colburn, who has probably covered every inch of Croatia in the last few years. After enjoying her maiden seaplane flight to Split last night, she enjoyed a drink with ECA marketing director Jan Albers before expressing her gratitude for the service on Facebook:

Had a wonderful experience flying on a seaplane yesterday from Pula-Split! Finally a service that is not only EXTREMELY convenient, but a beautiful journey!

Why not book your seaplane flight today

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Seaplanes to Downtown Split: Concession Signed. Korcula, Lastovo, Hvar, Losinj, Rijeka Next Month!

It is the moment many thought would never happen, but the seaplane revolution has taken arguably its most important first step forward since the inaugural flight from Resnik to Jelsa last August. 

A concession for downtown Split has been signed! Work will begin next week, and if all goes well, this should be completed by July 24. The team is working towards a maiden flight date of August 1, but this will be confirmed nearer the time, depending on progress. 

Two other new stations will be opened to coincide with the Split city seaport - the island of Lastovo and Vela Luka on Korcula, and in the initial stages, ECA has confirmed to us that downtown Split will be connected to Lastovo, Vela Luka, Jelsa, Rijeka Airport, Mali Losinj, Pula, and soonafter, Novalja.

Total Croatia News (launching tomorrow, follow us on Facebook) contacted European Coastal Airlines for more information and received the following statement from CEO Captain Klaus Dieter Martin.

"This is a key development for the expansion of the ECA network. The ability to connect islands such as Hvar, Korcula, Mali Losinj and Lastovo to downtown Split means that the revolution of island hopping is truly beginning."

A very exciting development, and long overdue. Congratulations to the ECA team for the persistence. With such a large and sudden expansion, I am sure there will be some growing pains, but the long-term future of island hopping (says this regular Jelsa - Split commuter) is VERY exciting indeed. 

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Seaplanes: the Poster Child of Tim's New Corruption-Free Croatia?

A high profile sexy project showing the modern cool Croatia. Could it be the poster child of the country's break with its corrupt past? 

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Complicated Relationship between Dubrovnik and the Seaplane

Seaplanes and Dubrovnik. As ECA prepares its maiden flight from downtown Split to Dubrovnik Airport next month, how are things looking in downtown Dubrovnik? 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Good News for Italian Catholic Pilgrims, as Croatian Seaplanes Connect Ancona and Medjugorje

The Catholic destination of Medjugorje is made more accessible to its large number of Italian pilgrims. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Croatia Seaplanes go International as ECA Announced Italy to Split, Rijeka

European Coastal Airlines expands its seaplane operations beyond the shores of Croatia into Italy.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Third Seaplane Arrives: Rab, Rijeka, Zagreb Back on Timetable

As European Coastal Airlines takes delivery of its third Twin Otter, the network expands

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Happy Birthday ECA: Interview with Seaplane CEO Captain Klaus Dieter Martin

It is a year since the first scheduled seaplane flight in modern European aviation history, from Resnik near Split Airport to Jelsa on Hvar on August 27, 2014. TCN caught up with European Coastal Airlines CEO Captain Klaus Dieter Martin to find out how the last twelve months were, as well as plans for the future. 

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