Last year, the first Croatian commercial flight by seaplanes was successfully performed, and after preparations that lasted more than 13 years! On that historic day, August 27, 2015, two Croatian Adriatic cities, Resnik and Hvar, were connected by air for the first time.
One of the best Croatian tourist stories and investments is worth 25 million euros, and by 2017 it is planned to invest another 20 million. Today, after a year, European Coastal Airlines (ECA) connects Pescara, Ancona, Resnik, Split, Jelsa, Lastovo, Vela Luka, Rab, Pula, Mali Lošinj and Zagreb. The plan is to connect Opatija, Zadar, Rijeka, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Mali Lošinj, Šibenik, Venice and Dubrovnik, all in the spirit of the slogan of the company "We connect Croatia".
Unfortunately, the last on the list, the city of Dubrovnik, which was supposed to be connected this year, will not be. Reason? A classic Croatian story - the Croatian administration, the arrogance of various civil servants and, of course, the absolute negligence of local politicians. Namely, five years after the first request and sending various inquiries, there is still no proposed solution for the location of the seaplane port in the port of Gruž, neither by the State Port Authority of Dubrovnik, nor by the County Port Authority of Dubrovnik, nor the city or county.
As pointed out by the company ECA, the governing bodies of port authorities, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, unfortunately do not know or do not want to implement legislation in favor of improving transport links in Dubrovnik and creating new jobs.
The land of the absurd in the true sense - who is crazy here? Why is no one responding to these omissions? Don't we want foreign investors in Croatia? Do we want tourism at all? How is it possible that in a country that wants new investments and increase employment so much, there is no concrete answer after five years?
I suggest stopping the construction of the highway to Dubrovnik as well as the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, because it is obvious that local politicians do not want to be connected with the rest of Croatia. Then we wonder why most investments in tourism go to Istria? Honestly, I wonder who is more crazy to invest in Croatia at all, especially foreign investors. Investing in Croatia is in the domain: Craziness or masochism.
You can read the full press release from ECA here