At a time of high unemployment, twenty permanent jobs are about to be created in Hvar Town.
The European Coastal Airlines hydroplane story is gathering pace, and I caught up with the team the other day for a chat on progress. They have been delighted with the enthusiatic reception they have received for the project from local officials, including the mayor of Hvar Town, and the final touches are being put to the proposed plan.
It is all good news.
1. The project will create twenty permanent jobs in the town, good news in times of economic crisis, and just some of the 400 jobs to be created in Dalmatia.
2. Flights are scheduled to start in May 2014, from both Split Airport and Split Centre, as well as connections to other destinations in Dalmatia – final list to be confirmed.
3. There will be four scheduled flights a day from Split in season, two off season, although this capacity can easily be increased if there is demand. Journey time will be about ten minutes and prices under 300 kuna.
4. The harbour where the planes will land (details to be released shortly) will include a modern and picturesque terminal, allowing you to relax with a waterside drink before your flight.
5. European Coastal Airlines is already in discussions with local businesses about cooperation to bring additional benefits to the community.
It all sounds pretty good to me. Short travel times, with transfer costs less than some hotels charge for airport – Split – catamaran, connections to other destinations, year-round service and 20 new jobs. I for one am pretty excited. More to follow, or why not follow the European Coastal Airlines story on Facebook?