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Volotea expands in Sardinia after the Sardinian government issues a tender

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

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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

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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.
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Volotea to add up to 19 Airbus A320s to expand its A319 fleet

Volotea has accelerated its fleet transformation for Summer 2021, becoming a 100% Airbus operator, phasing out entirely its Boeing 717s and adding 15 to 19 Airbus A320s. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.

With the addition of the 180-seat Airbus A320s, Volotea will increase its fleet capacity by 15% of seats.

Volotea evolves into a single fleet operator, in a move favoring the European manufacturer Airbus, through the early retirement of its fourteen Boeing 717 aircraft and their replacement by 15 to 19 Airbus A320s.

The fleet renewal is part of Volotea’s review of its strategical, financial, and operational plans in the context of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.

Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, previously founders of Vueling, and is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served, and seats offered. Since its start, Volotea has carried more than 30 million passengers across Europe.

Volotea is based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon (opening in 2021), Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. Volotea currently flies to 90 cities across 14 countries and plans to fly to a new country in 2021 by opening routes to Algeria from France.

In 2020, Volotea signed an agreement with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, in order to verify the successful implementation of health and hygiene measures. Volotea is the world’s first airline to have its preventive measures against COVID-19 audited by Bureau Veritas.

Volotea carried 3.8 million passengers in 2020 with a 90.7% load factor

Volotea reported on its traffic figures for 2020:

Volotea recorded satisfactory figures in an unprecedented year for aviation, especially in Q3 with 83% of activity compared to 2019.

The company’s ability to switch its network to domestic traffic allowed Volotea to reduce only 9% of its operated routes versus previous year.

The airline also achieved a punctuality of 91.7% (OTP15 +14,6 pts versus 2019) and a customer recommendation of more than 90%.

The airline continued;

Volotea published its results for the full year 2020, drawing up balanced figures. Last year, the airline’s strategy has been to quickly redefine its network by shifting predominantly to a domestic offer (86% of its network), in all the countries where it operates. This flexible strategy, combined with the best operational standards, allowed Volotea to achieve very satisfactory results in terms of seat load, punctuality and customer recommendation rate.

Against a backdrop of the health crisis and the trend in the aviation industry (which has seen an 80% drop in its business volume), Volotea has shared satisfactory figures for 2020, especially in Q3 when the airline registered 83% of activity versus the previous year. Volotea has been able to maintain strong connectivity on its network, albeit readjusted with a domestic programme, offering more than 290 routes. The reworking of its strategy enabled the airline to carry 3.8 M passengers over the year with a 90.7% seat load.

Volotea also increased its punctuality rate by 14.6% (OTP 15 of 91,7%), bringing its customer satisfaction rating to over 90%.

“ We feel very proud of these figures, very positive given the current context. Volotea’s reliability and flexibility, and its ability to offer a brand-new domestic network in record time have been key. These results, added to the syndicated loan of 150 million euros signed during the summer, help Volotea enter 2021 in a strong position, to benefit from the expected pick up of short-haul leisure traffic in Spring/Summer, as vaccination advances.” said Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s Founder and CEO.

 Volotea’s 2020 figures:

  • Flights operated: 30,600 (-49% versus 2019 / in comparison to -56% for the industry in Europe)
  • Passengers: 3.8 million
  • Routes operated: 293
  • Seat load: 90.7%
  • Punctuality OTP 15: 91.7% (+14.6 points versus 2019)
  • Customer recommendation rate: 90.6% (+4 points versus 2019)

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Volotea operates its last Boeing 717 revenue flights, the last 717 operator in Europe

Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FCB (msn 55191) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927776.

Volotea on January 10, 2021 operated its last Boeing 717s for the last time.

EC-MGT operated its last flight as V7 549 from Turin to Palermo. EC-MGT was the last to be ferried to Venice on January 11, 2021.

The last revenue flight to land on January 10, 2021 was flight V7 1514 from Punta Raisi, Italy to Genoa, Italy with EI-FCB (top).

The eight remaining Boeing 717-200s have been ferried to Venice before being sent to desert storage, probably in California.

The airline operated 19 individual 717s over the course of operations of the type.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FCB (msn 55191) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927776.

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Volotea launches 10 new routes, offers more seats than last year for Christmas holidays

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Volotea has just launched its commercial offer for the 2020 Christmas holidays. The airline enhances its network in France, Spain and Italy with the creation of 10 new routes and an increase in the frequency of existing connections. A total of 143 routes will be operated in all its markets, including 60 exclusive routes. More than half a million seats will be offered, an increase of 33% compared to 2019.

Volotea, the airline of mid- and small-sized European cities, has put up for sale its offer for the period from December 17, 2020 to January 11, 2021. Volotea has reworked its network and developed its domestic offer (82% of the seats offered over the period). The airline has also increased the frequency of its winter routes and created 10 new connections, each operated twice a week (Lanzarote – Oviedo; Bilbao – Granada; Granada – Oviedo; Las Palmas – Oviedo; Lille – Nantes; Barcelona – Verona; Genoa – Paris; Luxembourg – Toulouse, Nantes – Perpignan and Lille – Perpignan; the latter two being summer routes operated for the first time in winter).

In total, more than half a million of seats will be offered over the Christmas period, 33% more than last year.

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Volotea opens a new base at Naples

Volotea opened its sixth Italian base on July 3, in Naples.

Following last October’s announcement, the company has now based two Airbus A319s at the Campanian airport. The move will enable the airline to consolidate its presence in time for the summer season by focusing mainly on domestic flights, with several routes to Greece also running. Before becoming a Volotea base, Naples was already the first airport in Italy, and second in the Volotea network, in volume of available seats. Passengers will be able to travel from Naples to 17 destinations – 9 in Italy and 8 abroad.

With the opening of the new Naples base, Volotea will consolidate its national services departing from the airport, offering passengers more frequent flights to Catania (11 flights per week), Genoa (5 flights per week), Turin (2 flights per week), Trieste (2 flights per week this summer and up to 6 in September), Verona (2 flights per week this summer and up to 6 in September) and Olbia (7 flights per week). For summer 2020, the network of domestic destinations passengers can fly to from Naples will also include Alghero (new for 2020, with 2 flights per week), Cagliari (6 flights per week) and Palermo (2 daily flights). Fans of Greek holidays will be able to travel from Naples to Mykonos (up to 5 flights per week), Santorini (4 flights per week), Heraklion, Zante and Skiathos (3 flights per week for the three destinations), Rodi (2 flights per week), Cephalonia and PrevezaLefkada (one flight per week).

The two Airbus A319 aircraft will be allocated to Naples.

Naples is the latest addition to the airline’s network of Italian bases, which already included Venice, Verona, Palermo, Genoa and Cagliari.

For 2020, Volotea is adding six aircraft Airbus 319s and 62 new routes to offer a line-up of 354 short-haul city-pairs among 96 medium and small-sized airports in 15 countries at very competitive prices.

Volotea operates its network with 39 aircraft, 25 Airbus A319s and 14 Boeing 717s, based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille, Athens, Cagliari, Lyon, Naples and Hamburg.

Volotea’s Hamburg base has been opened to operate Airbus’ shuttle service, recently awarded. Bases in Lyon and Naples are to be launched in 2020.

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