Total Split last night broke the story that European Coastal Airlines have finally reached an agreement with local authorities for landing site in the city port, in the area locally called Matejuska. After that some local media pitched this story, and county president Zlatko Zevrnja, responsible for all facilities on the coastal line, confirmed this great news that will bring hydroplanes as soon as this summer in Central Dalmatia. And then, another confirmation arrived. Local news portal Dalmacija News interviewed Split Mayor Mr Ivo Baldasar, who said the same as his county counterpart.
"Split-Dalmatian County will issue a concession permit, and according to its jurisdiction City will issue location permit for European Coastal Airlines", said Mr Baldasar to the portal.
He explained that the only reason for delay so far was that City wanted to wait for new legislation on this issue, but after County announced its intentions, there is no more reasons to wait.
Still there will be slight change of ECA plans. Mr Baldasar said that landing site will be little bit more eastern than ECA wanted, on top of the quay on Matejuska. The reason is that major reconstruction of remaining part of that part of the port is awaiting. Also, the landing site will have only small place for selling tickets. No bar, no restaurant will be included in City's construction permit.
"When the law changes, and City become responsible for its coastal line, we can talk about it," said Mr Baldasar to Dalmacija News.
"What is the most important now is that hydroplanes finally start flying. And they will, this summer, from Matejuska," said Mr. Baldasar.
January 18, 2014