These additions will boost Volotea’s capacity to operate 319 routes across Europe and support growth plans
With these additions Volotea continues its progress to become a full Airbus airline by 2022
May, 7th 2019 – Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, continues its growth with the expansion of its fleet up to 36 aircraft in summer 2019. The airline will incorporate six new Airbus A319 to its existing Airbus 319s and Boeing 717s, which will begin to fly in the first half of this year.
In these last months, Volotea has entered into new operational lease agreements with different providers to guarantee the addition of six new aircraft, which will be available for operations this summer 2019. The airline boosts its growth plans again this year by adding 41 new routes to serve a total line-up of 319 routes operated in more than 80 airports across Europe.
Volotea becomes the second airline in Italy and France in terms of domestic capacity and fourth in number of seats to international destinations in both countries. Additional routes, frequencies and capacity have been also announced in the 13 countries that Volotea operates in 2019. Especially, Spain and Greece will see Volotea operations increasing significantly again this summer. Moreover, a thirteen base in Volotea network will be opened in Cagliari-Sardinia on May 30th 2019.
The Airbus 319 is the European reliable model selected by the company to rely on its on-going and ambitious growth plan. These aircraft allow 156-passenger capacity and have the ability to serve longer routes.
“Investing in six new Airbus A319 is all about our philosophy towards customers. We are a people airline created with a people-first mindset, caring about our customer’s travel experience in which our aircrafts play a very significant role. We know that safety, quality and comfort are of utmost relevance to our customers. We take care of these things so that passengers can focus on enjoying their trips, with an increasing number of routes and greater choice of destinations” Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.
Volotea, the airline of European mid and small-sized cities, has carried more than 22 millionth passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 6.5 million in 2018.
In 2019, Volotea is opening 41 new routes to serve a lineup of 319 routes, operating flights to more than 80 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019.
Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated in 2018. Volotea will inaugurate a new base in Cagliari in 2019.
Volotea has employed over 1,000 people in summer 2018 capitalizing in its activity growth. In 2019, 200 new positions will be created.
In 2019, Volotea operates its network with 36 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.
The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 25% to 156 seats and to serve longer routes.
In 2019, Volotea will launch new services and develop new management developments to continue increasing customers’ satisfaction. Volotea achieves an 87% recommendation rate among its clients.