Cycladic Air has announced that it is making a series of new investments and plans to operate the first electric planes in Greece. The airline, which attempted to operate conventional aircraft – without much success – in the past period, said in a statement that it is reshaping its schedule for the summer season with new direct connections to Greek destinations such as Astypalaea and Milos, starting on 15 June.
At the same time, the company’s management continues its efforts to conduct scheduled flights to destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini, which for bureaucratic reasons it has not yet included in its summer schedule despite the fact that it successfully served them during the winter season.
Simultaneously with the implementation of its investment programme, the company’s management continues its efforts to remove the bureaucratic obstacles that have so far prevented it from including attractive summer destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini in its programme.
The company has consistently and successfully implemented all its planned winter operations to these destinations, demonstrating its operational readiness and reliability. It should be noted at this point that Cycladic is an autonomous private investment without state aid, European support or subsidies.
On the basis of its summer operations, the company operates and connects 6 island destinations: Syros, Naxos, Paros, Astypalea, Heraklion and Milos.
At the same time, pending approvals for the operation of scheduled flights to airports such as Mykonos and Santorini, the company continues to operate charter flights uninterrupted throughout the summer season.
Cycladic’s Management has entered into a strategic partnership with specialist company Monte Aircraft Leasing Limited to initiate a programme of phased conversion of the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft fleet to zero-emission electric aircraft.
The conversion process will start at the same time as the relevant legislative and regulatory framework becomes operational. Cycladic -focused on sustainable aviation is the first company in Greece to enter into a strategic partnership of this kind.