Volotea expands in Sardinia after the Sardinian government issues a tender

"Marco Volo" - "I'll be home for dinner"

Volotea has made this announcement:

Volotea will operate a total of six routes for at least seven months

The company plans to open a new base in Alghero, that will be added to Cagliari and Olbia for a total of 3 Sardinian bases. The flights took off on Friday, October 15, 2021, avoiding interruptions in connections between Sardinia and the mainland.

In Sardinia, Volotea has carried around 3.5 million passengers since the start of its operations.

Volotea, the airline of small and mid-sized European cities, will operate a total of six routes connecting Sardinia to the mainland for at least seven months. Flights operate from October 15 until May 14, 2022. The company will connect Cagliari, Olbia, and Alghero with Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate airports.

Volotea will open its third Sardinian base in Alghero, in addition to the Cagliari and Olbia bases.

The regional government of Sardinia announced that Volotea has been awarded with the tender to operate six routes: Alghero – Rome Fiumicino, Alghero – Milan Linate, Cagliari – Rome Fiumicino, Cagliari – Milan Linate, Olbia – Rome Fiumicino and Olbia – Milan Linate. The airline will operate these flights until May 2022 with a greater frequency in October, November, and December.

The regional government of Sardinia launched an urgent tender to replace Alitalia on territorial continuity routes to mainland Italy once this airline goes out of business on October 14th, 2021. A large part of the flights abandoned by Alitalia will be taken over by ITA, the new airline of Italy. However, there were many uncovered routes, including these to/from Sardinia. Twelve airlines operating in Italy were invited to participate in the tender for the award of the service in the agreement of air connections from the 3 airports of Sardinia (Alghero, Olbia, Cagliari) to Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate, in a public service obligation known in the country as territorial continuity.

After being unfairly excluded from the first tender, Volotea felt compelled to improve its offer to ensure the operation of the routes, presenting again the best offer. The airline has been chosen to operate the six routes for territorial continuity between the three island airports and the hubs of Rome and Milan.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A320-214 EC-NNZ (msn 2616) AJA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 955209.

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