A Volotea Airbus (Photo: Volotea.com)
Volotea is announcing historic growth in its offering in Europe in 2022, with 39% more seats, 45 new routes, and nearly 70,000 flights. In total, Volotea
will offer 11 million seats in Europe, far surpassing the 2019 record of 8.5 million seats. Volotea also expects to carry between 9 and 9.5 million passengers, 32% more than its 2019 record of 7.6 million passengers.
In France, Volotea will offer 5.5 million seats and 33,000 flights. The company thus doubles its capacity compared to 2021. Compared to 2019, the increase will reach 54%. In fact, France will account for 49% of Volotea’s business. And thus asserts itself as a strategic market for the carrier.
Volotea has been present in France for 10 years. It operates six bases in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse out of a total of 23 French airports served. Volotea has already announced its intention to open two new bases. And to employ 60 more people in France. It has just revealed that Lille will be its new base from May with five new routes. We will know a little more in a few days about the future destinations. But Volotea indicates that the northern metropolis will be connected to a total of 15 destinations. The eighth base remains a secret for now!
More flights but also more sustainability
In 2021, Volotea has accelerated its transition to a 100% Airbus fleet, with the aim of increasing its performance and improving its cost structure in the next two to three years. The introduction of the new aircraft is accompanied by an effort to use sustainable fuels this year. This initiative will continue to reduce the carbon footprint per passenger and per kilometer. The latter has already dropped by 41% since 2012.
“We expect that from Easter onwards, the sector will start to recover from the effects of the 5th wave and there will be a gradual growth in demand until the summer season, from April to October, when we expect to operate 41% more capacity than in 2019, before the pandemic. We made this decision after an analysis of the demand in our markets, and after having managed to maintain an average seat occupancy rate above 90% since June 2020,” commented Carlos Muñoz, founder and CEO of Volotea.
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