Sea planes could use Fethiye Bay as a new airport opening up the opportunity for scenic tours and domestic travel if operators take advantage of new rules announced last week by the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced last week a number of marine and inland water areas within Turkey in which sea planes could take off and land.
Such aircraft can provide a useful short hop service for passengers and dispense with the need for expensive runways and fixed airport infrastructure in remote or difficult to build areas.
Sea planes are typically small prop powered planes with floats instead of wheels with which they land on the water.
Models include DeHavilland Canada DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and DCH-6 Twin Otters, DHC-2 Beaver, Cessna’s.
Local sites identified cover areas from Bodrum to Datca, Marmaris, Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kalkan, Kas, Kekova, Kemer, Finike
The sites for Fethiye include one in Fethiye Bay, two near Gocek and one in the sea of Oludeniz. copyright Fethiyetimes.com
Where Do Such Services Operate Now?
Sri Lanka has recently seen the introduction of two sea plane services. The first is operated by SriLankan Airlines. Its new service can whisk up to 15 passengers around the island landing on rivers and sheltered bays using their single Twin Otter floatplane.
Cinnamon Air, a new domestic carrier, is using a small amphibious plane – a nine-seater Cessna with pontoons and wheels.
In the USA there are regular flights from the Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base Airport in Seattle to Roche Harbor Seaplane Base Airport a distance of 70 miles. There are also a number of domestic route in the remote Alaska area.
Canada has a thriving sea plane business with domestic and sightseeing tours. Harbour Air Seaplanes, the largest all-seaplane company in the world, operates within Canada.
Maldives operates airtaxis between the islands.
And of course there are also are also many more niche services operated around the world.
When Could We See Our First Sea Planes in the Area?
The announcement by the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation is just the start. copyright Fethiyetimes.com
It will be up to the private sector to consider the market and, if they think it will pay, introduce services.
But the limited availability of sea planes, the cost of operating on such a small scale and the final ticket prices will all need to be right before an operator takes the risk to fly to and from ‘Fethiye Bay’ airport.