The European capital city with seaplane services

While common in the Maldives, Canada and Australia, there are precious few opportunities to fly in an amphibian in Europe. Ralf Kurz reports from Copenhagen

London has the Thames; Paris, the Seine; Rome, the Tiber; Dublin, the Liffey; and Budapest, the Danube. Numerous European capital cities have been built on and around rivers, while Amsterdam and Venice are famed for their extensive canal networks. However, this wealth of major urban centres around large expanses of water has seemingly failed to translate into a viable scheduled seaplane operation.

Two Danish entrepreneurs are working to change that, though. The pair – Lars Erik Nielsen and Lasse Rungholm – are no strangers to the world of amphibians. Nielsen served as managing director for Trans Maldivian Airways while Rungholm has flown the de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter in the Maldives, initially for Maldivian Air Taxi and later with Trans Maldivian Airways, after the two carriers merged in 2013 to form the world’s largest Twin Otter operator.


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