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Volotea adds 7 new routes from Lille, France

Volotea is adding seven new routes from Lille, France. This comes after a previously announced expansion at Lille.

The new routes will be added in time for the summer season with the addition of a second based aircraft.

The new destinations from Lille include Athens, Barcelona, Faro, Heraklion, Malaga, Menorca and Rome.

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Lille becomes Volotea’s 7th base in France


Volotea had good news for Lille, France:

Volotea opened its new base at Lille Airport in April. It is the largest airline operating out of the airport, with 15 destinations, including six new ones launched this year: Cagliari, Calvi, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Split and Varna. By setting up in Lille, Volotea will directly create 30 new local jobs and will indirectly create 25 jobs.

With this new base, Volotea is expanding its presence in Lille and will offer a total of 491,000 seats across its 15 destinations. Volotea is also the only airline to serve Montpellier, Perpignan, Cagliari, Palermo, Varna, and Split from Lille Airport in 2022.

Lille – Cagliari

Starting from June 2, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Cagliari route once a week (Thursdays). The company will offer approximately 4,368 seats on this new route.

Lille – Calvi

Starting from June 4, Volotea will operate the Lille – Calvi route once a week (Saturdays). The company will offer 6,000 seats on this new route. This new connection between Lille Airport and Calvi-Sainte Catherine Airport adds to the existing three routes to Corsica (Ajaccio, Bastia and Figari).

Lille – Palma de Mallorca

Starting from May 16, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Palma de Mallorca route once a week (Mondays). The company will offer 6,552 seats on this new connection from Lille Airport to Palma de Mallorca Airport, which is its biggest destination in Spain.

Lille – Palermo

Starting from May 27, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Palermo route once a week (Fridays). This is the airline’s second route to Italy from Lille and will offer 7,700 seats.

Lille – Split

Starting from May 8, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Split route once a week (Sundays). This is the airline’s first route to Croatia from Lille and will offer 7,300 seats.

Lille – Varna

Starting from May 17, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Varna route once a week (Tuesdays). The company will offer 6,552 seats on this new connection from Lille to Varna Airport, which is its biggest destination in Bulgaria.

This year, the airline will offer 15 destinations operating out of Lille Airport, in five countries: Bulgaria (Varna), Croatia (Split), France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Bordeaux, Calvi, Figari, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Perpignan and Toulouse), Italy (Cagliari and Palermo) and Spain (Palma de Mallorca). Volotea has transported almost a million passengers to and from Lille since 2012.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A319-112 EC-NDG (msn 3364) AJA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 955210.

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Volotea adds six Airbus A320s

Volotea has made this announcement:

Volotea, the airline of Europe’s medium-sized cities, will increase its fleet this year by adding 6 Airbus A320 to its existing fleet, enabling the airline to reinforce its commitment to reducing environmental impact.

Volotea will operate its network this year with 6 more Airbus A320 (including 3 stand-by AC to ensure operational integrity) which will allow it to improve its cost structure in the next 2-3 years and to achieve an increase in supply thanks to the new aircraft having a greater capacity and a longer flight range.

The transition to a full-Airbus fleet last year, as well as the commitment to the A320 model, will allow Volotea to make its operations cleaner and more environmentally friendly. The Airbus A320 is a more sustainable aircraft due to its more efficient fuel consumption per passenger, which is in line with Volotea’s commitment to reducing environmental impact.

Since its launch, the airline has worked to make its routes more eco-efficient and minimize emissions. Since 2012, Volotea has developed more than 50 sustainability measures, thanks to which it has reduced its carbon footprint per passenger and kilometer by more than 41 percent since 2012. This year, the company will also introduce sustainable fuels and collaborate with manufacturers and the industry so that such fuels (now difficult to access) can be developed and more widely distributed as soon as possible.

This year, Volotea will increase its capacity almost 40 percent compared to 2019, when it offered 8 million seats. The airline expects to carry between 9 and 9.5 million passengers in 2022, which is about 32 percent more than its all-time record in 2019, when it carried 7.6 million passengers. It expects to reach 1,630 employees in summer. The impact of Volotea’s growth will also mean the creation of 45 new routes, the opening of two new bases in France, reaching a total of 19, and an estimated operation of almost 70,000 flights compared to 40,500 in 2021 and almost 58,000 in 2019, close to 18 percent more.

Volotea announces 3 new routes

Volotea has announced three new destinations that will enrich its offer in Greece: two new connections from Athens to Bordeaux and Nantes and one from Zakynthos to Nantes. The new route to Bordeaux, which will be operated twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday) from May 28, 2022 provides for an offer of more than 9,000 seats, while flights between Athens and Nantes will be operated twice a week (Wednesday and Sunday) from May 29, 2022 with more than 10,000 seats on sale.

The route between Zakynthos and Nantes, that will start on June 2, 2022, is scheduled with one flight a week (Thursdays) and offers more than 5,000 seats.



Volotea takes off for Oran and consolidates its growth in France

Volotea made this announcement:

Volotea, the airline of European regional capitals, will launch a new route in December, connecting Marseille Airport to Oran in Algeria and offering a total of 70,000 seats per year.

Starting from December 2021, Volotea will add Oran to its list of destinations from Marseille Airport. The airline will operate two flights per week on this route over the Christmas holidays until January, with approximately 70,000 seats per year.

The new route will come into operation on December 16, 2021 and will add to the 22 routes already available from Marseille Airport.

The new route makes Volotea the second largest airline in terms of destinations served at Marseille Province airport, which became the company’s fifth base in France in 2018.

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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Volotea to launch a new route from Bordeaux to Lille

Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MUT (msn 2240) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955475.

Volotea will launch a new route between Bordeaux and Lille that will connect these two cities twice a week in December and January and six times a week from April.

From December 17, 2021 Volotea will operate this new route from Bordeaux to Lille. The company will provide 53,000 seats a year between Bordeaux and Lille.

This new route will help Volotea to fulfill its strategic goals and reinforce its connections in France, adding to the existing 25 routes that depart from Bordeaux airport: four in France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari and Strasbourg), six in Italy (Cagliari, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa and Venice), seven in Spain (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife), two in Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split), two in Greece (Corfu and Santorini), Malta, Faro (Portugal), Prague and Algiers. This new route complements the eight existing routes that depart from Lille airport to Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Perpignan and Toulouse.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MUT (msn 2240) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955475.

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Volotea records growth of 136% in Greece this past summer

Volotea has made this announcement:

Volotea, the airline of small and mid-sized European cities, shared its summer activity report for the Greek market today. Despite a season once again affected by the COVID 19 crisis, Volotea achieved good results this summer. The airline transported over 400,000 passengers between June and August, representing a 136% increase on the same period last year.

With a second summer season impacted by the pandemic, Volotea has reworked its strategy and adapted its offer to new customer demands and expectations. This summer, the airline operated three new routes and offered 480,000 seats, increasing its capacity by 119% in comparison with last summer. A 95% load factor was achieved for the more than 2,900 flights operated from June to August.

Another highlight of the season for the company, which has contributed to its recovery, has been its evolution into a single fleet operator, in a move favoring the European manufacturer Airbus, through the early retirement of its fourteen Boeing B717 aircraft and their replacement by the larger Airbus A320s. In total, Volotea operated 40 Airbus A320s and A319s over the summer.

Despite good results in terms of capacity, flights and load factor, it has been a challenging summer for Volotea and its airport and handling partners. The market, impacted by the Covid crisis, has experienced great instability with constantly changing travel procedures leading to added operational complexity and an increased need to support passengers.

“We are very satisfied with our performance this summer, in the context of the pandemic, and are very grateful for the positive response of our customers and crews. We have been able to help our customers fly to their holiday destinations, despite the difficult circumstances experienced by the travel industry as a whole. Our focus remains unchanged: to continue serving the maximum number of poorly served routes among small and mid-sized European cities, at the most competitive prices. Our strategic shift to an all-Airbus fleet, which is larger, more efficient and more environmentally friendly, has been key, together with our focus on domestic and island markets during the summer.  We hope the gradual recovery of the travel industry will continue over the coming months but, having improved our competitive cost base significantly during the crisis, we are certainly prepared for more ups and downs,” said Carlos Munoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.

Volotea to connect Gilbraltar with Bilbao

Volotea has announced the launch of a route connecting Gibraltar Airport (UK) with Bilbao (Spain). This new connection will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The connection between Gibraltar and Bilbao, operated by an Airbus A319, will start on  July 2, 2021 offering around 8,200 seats between July and September. Volotea will be the only airline to connect Gibraltar with a Spanish city.

In other news, Volotea is also adding two new routes from Olbia:

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Volotea adds its first Airbus A320, ex-Alaska N621VA

Volotea has added its first Airbus A320. N621VA is pictured landing at Palma de Mallorca after its delivery flight from San Antonio to Bangor, Glasgow and Palma.

Ex-Alaska Airlines N621VA (msn 2616) (above) is the first Airbus A320 for Volotea. The airframe will become EC-NNZ.
Copyright Photo : Javier Rodriguez.
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