Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, has celebrated its twelve millionth passenger at Verona Airport. The airline also rewarded Welcome Travel, the travel agency that managed the booking of the awarded passenger, with five free roundtrip flights. The fortunate passenger Paolo Palombi, Manager in Pastificio Rana, is a frequent flyer of Volotea and a Welcome Travel’s costumer. Paolo has received today at Verona airport a very special prize: unlimited free flights for a year to all Volotea network! The prize has been given by Pierfrancesco Carino, Volotea’s Chief Sales Officer in an event in which Lamberto Bartolameazzi, Welcome Travel Verona’s Manager, Valeria Rebasti, Volotea’s Commercial Country Manager and Nicola di Lorenzo, Commercial Aviation Manager at Verona’s airport, where also present in Verona. “We are very pleased to celebrate 12 millionth passenger in Verona and we are glad that it’s the first time we celebrate this milestone with travel agencies, a strategic partner for our growth”, – declared Pierfrancesco Carino, Volotea’s Chief Sales Officer.
Volotea has celebrated its fifth anniversary on April 5th 2017. In January, Volotea has reached 10 millionth of passengers carried from its first flight in 2012. In 2016, Volotea experienced a significant increase percentually in its operations becoming the fastest growing large LCC in Europe.
Volotea also closed with a client recommendation rate of 92.5% and being the fourth most punctual low cost airline in the world, ranking third in Europe.
Growth in 2017
In 2017 Volotea has added more than 40 new routes to serve a lineup of 243 routes, operating flights to 79 mid and small-sized European cities in 16 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, UK, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. Volotea expects to carry 4.3 million passengers.
Volotea will count on 28 aircraft this year with the addition of 6 new Airbus A319s: 10 Airbus A319s and 18 Boeing 717s. More than 40% of the flights scheduled in 2017 are expected to be operated by Airbus A319.
Volotea will count on nine bases in 2017: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse and Genoa, which has been launched in April.
Volotea expects to become a 100% Airbus operator in the next few years. This strategic decision allows the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20%, from 125 seats to 150 seats on its new planes. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats 5% wider than the average in airlines.
The range of the A319 allows Volotea to operate routes with a longer distance and penetrate new markets. While the Boeing 717 has a range of 2,500km, the Airbus A319 reaches 3,500km.
Four Volotea’s Airbus A319 are based in Nantes, where one of the six new Airbus A319s will also be placed. The other five will be based in Bordeaux and Toulouse. The new Airbus A319 of the 2017 line will be received progressively during the first semester of this year.