Munich Businessmen Changing the Face of Europe: European Coastal Airlines

Munich Businessmen Changing the Face of Europe: European Coastal Airlines

By  Friday, 19.12.2014, 09:21    Blog

While Munich may be one of the economic powerhouses in Europe, it is not just in Bavaria where its businessmen are making groundbreaking contributions to the future of Europe.

Modern aviation history was made on August 27, 2014 on the Croatian island of Hvar, as the first scheduled seaplane service in odern European aviation history landed at 09:30 after a short 13-minute flight from the Resnik seaport near Split Airport.

It was the culmination in a 14-year battle with the legendary Croatian bureaucracy from Munich businessman and pilot Captain Klaus Dieter Martin, whose dream to connect Croatia and the wider region finally took off with the flight to the Hvar resort town of Jelsa.  

With promotional prices of just 13 euro one way (and full price tickets peaking at 40 euro), the flights quickly became a hit, reducing an airport to island transfoer time of up to 6 hours to just 13 minutes. With plans to connect all inhabited islands in Croatia, as well as numeous coastal destinations and international locations, the prospect of a true Munich-driven aviation revolution for tourism in Croatia is enticing indeed.

Soon after the Jelsa route was launched, a second service to the island of Rab (the 45-minute flight from Split is one of the great panorama flights of the world) was introduced, connecting to the capital Zagreb, which made a Croatian accessible with connections from the Middle East in less than 8 hours, for example. With connecting flights from Frankfurt, it is now possible to reach Croatia's premier island of Hvar from Frankfurt daily in under 3.5 hours. All year round.  

Unlike most budget airlines, European Coastal Airlines flies throughout the year, getting busier in the summer months of course. Final preparations are underway to add important destinations such as Pula and Rijeka Airport, while the first international connection, from Ancona in Italy, will replace the need for the 9-hour overnight ferry. 

An idea conceived in Munich. Changing the face of Croatian tourism. Watch the promotional video below or learn more on the official European Coastal Airlines website

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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