Our operation will heavily target the tourist industry, especially, with connectivity from Dublin into Donegal, Galway, Limerick, Foynes Aran Islands (pending planning),Cobh.
Our operation will eliminate the normal travel time required by conventional transport. We also believe that our Seaplane Charter service will help to attract further tourists into the country,as part of our promotion will be to package accommodation around the sea plane operation.
Tourism Ireland has been in contact with Harbour Flights. We will be creating 3, 4, and 5 night breaks predominately aimed at attracting overseas visitors.
It is not our intention to take tourists from any existing tours operators, but we believe that our operation will encourage people to visit parts of Ireland that were previously not visited, purely by reason of length of travel time.
We further believe that it is now imperative to offer the visitor an extremely easy way to travel and more importantly, get them to and from the destinations in the shortest possible time. The sea plane operation will also eliminate the use of airports and the congestion that is associated with using them.
Even with the development of our new motorway infrastructure, the existing road network between Donegal, Lough Derg, Foynes, Galway, Aran, Cobh etc will not change and these areas are some of Ireland’s major tourist destinations. All the new motorways will do is get the traveler faster into the next traffic jam and then on to the existing poor road structure that services these attractions.
As an example, we will look at the three top tourist destinations in County Clare itself, namely the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Village and the Burren. For a tourist arriving into Dublin and considering a trip to these destinations, a return day trip will entail some 8 to 10 hours in travel time and probably couldn’t be accessed within the time frame. Our Dublin / Lough Derg route will cut this travel time down to under one hour each way.
If we were to look to the Aran Islands, at present there are only two ways that a visitor can get there from Dublin and both options are difficult and neither direct. One option is to take a train to Galway, then a bus or taxi to Rossaveal and then a 45 minute ferry across to Inis Mor, with a minimum travel time of 5 hours each way. Or, fly from Dublin airport to Galway airport then take a bus, car or taxi to Inverrin and another short flight to the islands.
By sea plane, the travel time Dublin – Aran will be 1 hour.