SALES PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN VOLOTEA AND EUROWINGS
German Lufthansa subsidiary and Spanish airline are preparing a sales cooperation agreement covering more than 140 routes to be offered in parallel on the respective partners’ website.
Under the scope of the partnership, Volotea will also open eight new routes from its bases in France and Italy to Germany.
. New sales partnership offering routes of the other airlines’ European network in own sales channels
. Volotea to enter a new commercial market, offering eight new exclusive routes connecting Germany with its bases in France and Italy
. Eurowings to further strengthen its pan-European focus
BARCELONA/COLOGNE, February 15th, 2023 – Volotea, the Spanish airline connecting small and mid-sized European cities, and Eurowings, Lufthansa Group's value carrier for Europe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a sales partnership. The joint sales cooperation is intended to encompass over 140 key routes from both airlines with no overlap, more than 100 routes operated by Eurowings and around 40 presented by Volotea. These connections shall include eight new routes operated by Volotea, directly connecting key German airports to the French and Italian cities Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Florence and Verona, with both airlines broadening their offer to customers.
Volotea is one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe in the last decade, with operations in 16 countries reaching over 100 destinations. The carrier has operated in Germany since 2019, running Airbus' weekly internal shuttle from Hamburg to Toulouse. With the new sales cooperation, Volotea ventures into a new market and starts to offer scheduled flights in Germany for the first time.
At the same time, Eurowings intends to open its sales channels for Volotea offering popular small and medium-sized destinations in France and Italy. With the envisaged mutual sales agreement, the customers of Volotea as well as the customers of Eurowings would benefit from the visibility of more than 140 non-overlapping connections on both airlines’ websites, more than 100 of which are served by Eurowings and around 40 by Volotea. In doing so, Eurowings and Volotea would improve the offer to their passengers, providing easy access to a more comprehensive range of travel options throughout Europe.
In the context of the envisaged cooperation, Volotea will open eight new routes from/to Germany, directly connecting Berlin, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and Hamburg to its bases in Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes (all France), Florence, and Verona (both Italy). These new routes will operate at a frequency of two times per week with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.
With flights starting on May 26th, 2023:
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Volotea has announced that tickets on the newly established routes will go on sale today on the Volotea website www.volotea.com After Volotea and Eurowings have reached a binding agreement on the sales cooperation, tickets shall also be sold on the Eurowings website: www.eurowings.com and on all usual distribution channels which is intended for the end of April.
Carlos Muñoz, founder and CEO of Volotea: “We are very pleased to launch our commercial activities in Germany with a strong distribution partner and important player in the country. The planned strategic agreement with Eurowings is significant and unique, covering more than 140 routes with no overlap and signals the potential for a stronger, long-term partnership. With eight new destinations, we can also present our distinctive offer to the German public. Volotea connects important but often underserved medium-sized cities without stopovers that make traveling easy. With routes from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart to cities such as Bordeaux or Florence, we are also responding to new customer requests.”
Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings: "Step by step, we are strengthening the 'Euro' in our Eurow-ings brand name. Our roots are in Germany, but we are becoming more and more a European airline. Having established Eurowings in Northern and Eastern Europe with recent base openings in Prague and Stockholm, our next step is to expand booking options towards Southern Europe. The mutual sales cooperation envisaged with Volotea would allow us to offer our customers many new and exciting destinations in France and Italy as well as enhanced connectivity within Southern Europe."
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, previous founders of Vueling. It is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe in the last decade, increasing its fleet, routes served, and seats offered year-on-year. The airline will celebrate a milestone of carrying 50 million passengers this year.
Volotea reaches more than 100 airports and is currently based in 19 medium-sized European capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Florence, Hamburg, Lille, Lyon, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Verona.
This year, Volotea will operate up to 400 routes (more than half exclusive), offer more than 11.5M seats (+41% versus 2019), and fly approximately 70,000 flights. The airline operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A319 and A320.
Volotea is dedicated to sustainable aviation and has committed to reducing 50% of its CO2 emissions per passenger and kilometer by 2030 (versus 2012). To date, Volotea has launched over 50 sustainability initiatives that have driven a reduction in carbon footprint per passenger and kilometer by 40%. Since 2022, the company has been working on developing emission-free alternative technologies, operating Airbus' internal shuttle service with 34% of sustainable aviation fuel, and collaborating with manufacturers and the industry so that these fuels (now difficult to access) can be developed and become widespread as soon as possible.
Volotea employs 1,700 people and actively contributes to the economic development and cultural landscape of the territories where it is based through sponsorship projects.
Volotea has won, for the second year in a row, the award as ‘Europe’s Leading Low-Fares Airline’ at the 2022 World Travel Awards, an awards organization recognizing excellence in the transportation and tourism industry worldwide.
Eurowings is the value airline of the Lufthansa Group and thus part of Europe's largest airline group. With its clear positioning as Europe's value carrier for leisure and business travellers, Eurowings clearly distinguishes itself from the ultra-low-cost carrier segment, allowing its customers to fly affordably and flexibly with numerous booking options and extras as well as customer-friendly services. With its value concept, the German airline is responding to the core needs of today's air travellers more strongly than ever: even greater flexibility, comfort and sustainability. Eurowings offers direct flights to more than 140 destinations within Europe. With 11 international bases – including Mallorca as Europe's number one vacation island – the Lufthansa subsidiary is one of the largest vacation airlines in Europe. It currently has a fleet of around 100 aircraft and employs more than 4,000 people.