ECA Returns to the Air

Croatian carrier European Coastal Airlines (ECA) has resumed operations after briefly suspending services.  The Split-based airline was forced to ground its fleet of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters seaplanes on August 13 after the Croatian Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) temporarily withdrew its Air Operator Certificate.  This is understood to have related to issues identified during a safety and maintenance audit the previous week.

ECA’s Managing Director Klaus Dieter Martin confirmed services had restarted on August 29 but initially with just one of its four aircraft, 9A-TOE (c/n 096), as this was the only example to have had its paperwork approved by the CCAA.

“My team and I have been extremely passionate and optimistic regarding the resumption of our operations,” the CEO said in a statement on ECA’s website.  “However, additional and unforeseen obstacles have slowed down this process drastically.”

Martin added: “In the meantime, we are working on releasing our Twin Otters 9A-TOA, 9A-TOB and 9A-TOC for operations, but cannot yet foresee when this will occur.” 

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