About us

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Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Munoz and Lázaro Ros, previously founders of Vueling, is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served, and seats offered. And this year it reached 45 million passengers carried in Europe.

Volotea is currently based in 18 medium-sized European capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Hamburg, Lille, Lyon, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Verona. Volotea serves more than 100 cities in 16 countries, with novelties in 2022 such as Denmark, which will begin operating in May this year from Italy, and Algeria, which began last December with flights from France.

The airline will operate a fleet of between 41 in 2022, up from 36 in summer 2019. In terms of volume, Volotea will increase its seat capacity by nearly 39% compared to 2019, highlighting the strong latent demand in Europe's mid-sized city markets. Likewise, this year the airline plans to offer a total of 11 million seats, which represents an increase of almost 40% compared to 2019, the year in which the airline put 8 million tickets on sale; and increase its staff in all its markets. In June 2021, Volotea had more than 1,400 employees and by 2022 the company expects to have more than 1,600 employees in Europe.

Volotea became a full Airbus carrier in 2021, by renewing part of its fleet with aircraft from the European manufacturer. The airline, which had planned to perform this fleet unification in 2023, has advanced its plans in order to improve its cost base over the next 2-3 years and increase its network offering, with aircraft that have a higher capacity and a longer flying range. Since 2012, Volotea has carried out more than 50 sustainability actions, thanks to which it has reduced its carbon footprint per passenger and kilometer by more than 41%. In 2021, the airline began to voluntarily offset 5 percent of its total CO2 emissions until it reaches 25 percent offset of its carbon footprint in 2025. And this year, the company will introduce sustainable fuels in aircraft and will collaborate with manufacturers and industry so that these fuels (now difficult to access) can be developed and become widespread as soon as possible.

Volotea was elected "Europe's Leading Low-cost Airline" at the World Travel Awards in 2021 and 2022, the industry's most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in the transportation and tourism industry worldwide.

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45 million passengers

Volotea has carried more than 45 million passengers since its first flight in April 2012.


In 2022, Volotea has already opened 27 new routes, increasing its total to 360 between 100 small and medium cities in 16 countries at very competitive prices.

18 operating bases

Volotea currently operates from 18 bases: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Hamburg, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. And we have just inaugurated a new base: Lourdes!

41-plane fleet

We have a total of 41 Airbus aircrafts: 20 A319 and 21 A320.

All our Airbus fleet have an on-board entertainment service, with a wide range of movies, series, TV shows, newspapers, magazines, music and content for the little ones. In addition, they have LED lights that represent a qualitative improvement for our passengers as well as energy savings and maintenance costs.

Unlike other companies, we have ample and reclining seats, arranged in rows 5% wider than the average of European companies, which allows our passengers to enjoy the flight in a more comfortable and relaxed way.

World Travel Award

Volotea has been awarded Europe’s Leading Low-cost Airline, at the 2021 and 2022 World Travel Awards. We’ve won this award together again this year, and wish to thank you for you support!


Since we started flying, we have launched 50 initiatives to reduce the fuel consumption of our aircraft, achieving a reduction of more than 41% of our emissions per passenger kilometre flown.

While working on developing emission-free alternative-technologies, at present we’ve committed to offsetting 25% of our total CO2 emissions in 2025. Since 2022, we have started introducing Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in our aircraft.

We collaborate with manufacturers and the industry so that these fuels can be further developed and generalized as soon as possible. Discover all our actions and how we contribute to cleaner travel here.

+1,600 employees

1600 employees are already part of the Volotea family. We're called Voloteans!