Volotea hits 20 million passenger milestone as it fills the smaller regional spots the larger LCCs have left behind
Ask anyone to name a European LCC and Ryanair and easyJet top most lists possibly ahead of Norwegian Air, Wizz Air, Vueling, Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines or Transavia. Even WOWair would be likely to be highly ranked thanks to its trans-Atlantic and soon to launch long haul Indian operations and their associated marketing. However, Volotea, actually Europe’s ninth largest LCC based on summer 2018 departures, an airline that has succeeded by filling the regional gaps left by larger LCC counterparts, is often forgotten.
Volotea describes itself as “the airline of mid- and small-sized European cities” and although Spanish, it actually has a much stronger presence in both the French and Italian markets than its homeland. Established in 2012 with a small number of second-hand Boeing 717s, it now has a fleet of 30 aircraft with a balance of 717 and Airbus A319 aircraft and earlier this month celebrated handling its 20 millionth passenger since the start of operations.
Its network this year extends to 293 routes in 2018 connecting 78 European cities in 13 countries, consisting: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. And what is more, it is operating efficiently (between June-2017 and September-2018 it has reported an average 95% load factor) and profitably (it says it has grown profitably since 2014).
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