Volotea was set up in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, the founders of Vueling. Volotea is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe. Its fleet of aircraft, routes and seating capacity are all growing year on year. By 2022, Volotea had transported more than 45 million passengers throughout Europe since it was founded.
Volotea currently has bases in 19 European regional capitals: Florence (opening in 2023), Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Hamburg, Lille (since April 2022), Tarbes-Lourdes (since July 2022), Lyon (since 2021), Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. Volotea offers flights to more than 100 cities in 16 countries, including Algeria, since December 2021, from France.
The airline operated a fleet of 41 aircraft in 2022, compared with 36 in summer 2019. Volotea has increased its seating capacity by almost 39% compared with 2019, when the airline offered 8 million tickets for sale. This demonstrates the considerable demand in Europe’s medium-sized city markets.
The airline also plans to grow its workforce in all of its markets. In June 2022, the airline had more than 1,600 employees throughout Europe.
Volotea became a full Airbus carrier in 2021. The airline, which had planned to standardise its fleet in 2023, sped up this move to improve its cost base over the next two or three years, as well as its network, thanks to better aircraft with a higher capacity and a longer range.
Since it started operating in 2012, Volotea has implemented almost 50 initiatives to reduce the fuel consumption of its aircraft, which, together with the switch to Airbus, has helped to cut its emissions per passenger per km by more than 40%. Since 2021, Volotea has voluntarily been offsetting 5% of its total CO2 emissions, aiming to increase this to 25% of its carbon footprint in 2025. This year, Volotea introduced sustainable fuels for its aircraft for the first time, and is working with manufacturers and the industry to make sure that these fuels (which are currently hard to get hold of) can be developed and made available on a larger scale as soon as possible.
For the second year in a row, Volotea was named “Europe’s Leading Low-cost Airline” at the 2022 World Travel Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards, recognising excellence in the travel and tourism industry around the world.
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