The start-up of a hydro aerodrome in it Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, “for carrying out, in principle, tourist flights” in seaplanes, is closer to becoming a reality. The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has released to public information, for a period of 30 business days, the environmental impact study of the aforementioned project, promoted by the entity Surcar Airlines. It is estimated, according to the information included in the project, a maximum number of flights per year of 7,300, that is, about 20 flights per day. Each seaplane will have a maximum capacity of 16 passengers. The hydroaerodrome will be located in the area of the old JetFoil stationas announced THE DAY in January of last year, when Surcar and the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife introduced this initiative.
Specifically, the future hydroaerodrome will consist of a passenger terminal building, an access walkway that will connect the dock with the floating pontoons that will be used for docking the seaplane, and an area for the location of the fuel tank and material storage. “In addition, the non-exclusive use of landing and take-off channels and connection channels is also required to connect the docking and mooring areas. These sheets of water are shared with other maritime traffic.” The ditching and take-off channel will be 1,928 meters long and 20 meters wide.
The reference aircraft is the DHC-6 Twin Otter. It is 15.77 meters long and 19.81 meters wide. As stated in the environmental impact study, The project consists of setting up a “restricted-use hydro-aerodrome for daytime visual flights (VFR) for tourist trips or sightseeing“.
The environmental impact study, and as indicated in the announcement published this Monday, February 20, in the Official State Gazette (BOE), will be displayed at the premises of the Government Sub-delegation in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in Calle Méndez Núñez, number 9; at the headquarters of La Granja of the Town Hall of the chicharrera capital, in the coming of Madrid, number 2; and on the website of the State Aviation Safety Agency.
(There will be expansion)