Patras Port Authority SA (PPA) signed a consignment agreement with Patras Waterdromes LLC, which will manage and operate waterplane facilities and services at Patras, a major port of central Greece, on Wednesday.
Patras Waterdromes is affiliated with Greek Water Airports company, which “has already completed licensing services for the waterdrome of Corfu, Paxoi and Patra has undertaken similar activities for 34 more waterdromes,” according to its site.
The concession is for 12 years, and the the seaplane base is in the northern section of Patras port. PPA will provide use of a building for passenger and administrative use by the managers that includes areas for issuing and checking tickets, waiting lounges, areas for passenger and luggage check-in and a furnished office for administration and security. It will also provide a floating pier for safe tying of seaplanes.
As PPA managing director Panagiotis Tsonis said, “This is another important step towards turning the city and port of Patras into a central hub for the first basic network of seaplane bases in western Greece, contributing in this way to the tourism and general economic development impetus of the region.”