Genova - Volotea, the airline of medium and small cities in Europe, transported 3.4 million passengers in Italy in 2018, equal to an increase of 34% compared to 2.5 million in 2017. The airline takes off from 20 Italian airports , from which it will operate 164 routes in 2019, 14 of which are new. In Italy, Volotea is ranked second in the number of domestic routes offered and fourth by capacity. The increase in the volume of passengers transported in 2018 was recorded in all Italian bases where carrier flights are available: Verona (+36%), Palermo (+32%), Genoa (+28%) and Venice (+14%). In Italy, Volotea operated a total of 26,400 flights in 2018, up from 22,800 in 2017. The company thus stands as one of the largest and fastest growing low-cost companies in Europe.
Volotea’s load factor has also grown again, reaching an average of 93% during the year and recording, in all Italian bases, a load factor of over 90%, an improvement on the values recorded the previous year: “After these seven years of activity, we are very proud of the growth of Volotea. We connect more than 80 medium and small European cities such as Venice, Verona, Palermo, Nantes, Bilbao or Bordeaux, making them independent of connections with major hubs. The 6.5 million passengers transported last year, our employees, who will rise to 1,200 in 2019, and the solid and constant increase of both our operating flights and our fleet (soon composed exclusively of Airbus 319) are the proof better than our growth.” said Carlos Muñoz, President and Founder of Volotea. The carrier’s recommendation rate is 87% and keeps the high levels recorded during previous years high. Despite the problems related to air traffic control that affected European companies, especially during the summer period, Volotea’s punctuality rate reached 73% (OTP 15), classifying Volotea among the best airlines.
Following the positive results obtained in Italy in 2018, Volotea will increase its capacity by about 430,000 seats in the 20 airports of the Belpaese from which it operates. In 2019 the company will offer around 29,000 flights. 14 new connections will be created for a total of 164 routes, 116 of which operated exclusively. In 2019 Volotea will be the second airline in Italy by number of domestic routes and the fourth by number of available seats. In addition, this year, Cagliari will become the new Volotea base in Italy. The aircraft will begin to be based in the Sardinian capital from May, thus expanding the company’s operations with an ad hoc offer, additional seats and new destinations reachable. In 2019, at international level, 41 new routes will be launched and will be available for sale, for a total of 319 connections between 83 medium and small European cities in 13 countries. Volotea has also ranked among the airlines that launch more routes worldwide. Volotea’s total turnover grew 29% year-on-year with revenues exceeding 396 million euro in 2018 and an increase of almost 90 million more than the previous year. Volotea, which this year estimates to transport more than 7.5 million passengers, will continue to grow and increase its operations. Precisely for this reason, the Volotea fleet is enriched with four new Airbus 319, for a total of 34 aircraft. Volotea has four bases in Italy - Venice, Palermo, Verona and Genoa - where a total of more than 300 jobs have been created. Volotea will inaugurate its new base in Cagliari in 2019. Between its offices in Barcelona and its 13 bases, in 2019 more than 200 new positions will be opened in Volotea, to capitalize on its continued operating growth.Volotea has transported more than 20 million passengers since its first flight in 2012, totaling more than 6.5 million passengers in 2018. In 2019, Volotea announced 41 new routes for a total of 319 connections in over 80 medium and small European destinations in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline estimates to transport more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019. Volotea currently has 12 operational bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. The latter three were inaugurated in 2018. The company will inaugurate its new base in Cagliari in 2019. Volotea’s workforce in the summer of 2018 exceeded 1,000 employees. In 2019 the company will create another 200 new jobs. In 2019 Volotea will fly into its network of destinations with a fleet of 34 aircraft, including Boeing 717 and Airbus A319. Both aircraft, recognized for reliability and comfort, allow Volotea to offer passengers 5% more spacious than the average reclining seats. The Airbus A319 is the model of aircraft chosen for the future growth of the company and will allow a 25% increase in its transport capacity, allowing 156 passengers to be transported and to operate longer routes.