Since launching in 2012, European regional airline Volotea has now carried 20 million passengers and, by the end of the year, will have operated over 44,000 flights.Volotea primarily serves leisure travelers in Europe, connecting mid- and small-size cities. Its 293 routes connect 78 cities in 13 countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline operates out of twelve hubs: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. Volotea plans to open a new hub in Cagliari soon.
The airline flies 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Volotea has selected Airbus A319 as the aircraft model for its future growth, a decision that the company calculates will increase its passenger capacity by 20 percent to 150 seats and allow it to serve longer routes.
Since it was founded in 2012, Volotea has been growing profitably from 2014 on. The airline now employs over 1,000 people. The company’s most popular routes among Americans are from Athens to Mykonos or Santorini in the summer time, followed by service between Naples and Palermo. Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s founder and CEO, said the company expects to announce more news shortly on its 2019 plans to continue connecting smaller European cities.