VOLOTEA AND EUROWINGS SALES PARTNERSHIP SIGNED
Following the letter of intent issued in March, the Spanish airline and German Lufthansa subsidiary have officially signed their cooperation agreement with reciprocal sales of 150 routes on sale now.
- Partnership includes a final 150 routes: 46 from Volotea and 104 from Eurowings
- Non-stop connections will be offered in parallel on the websites of both airlines
- Volotea flies for the first time from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart
- Eurowings sharpens pan-European focus with new partner from the south
- Volotea CEO Carlos Muñoz: “Important step in our larger growth plans in Europe”
- CEO Jens Bischof: “Significantly greater range of direct flights within Europe”
BARCELONA/COLOGNE, May 17th, 2023 – The sales partnership between Volotea, the Spanish airline connecting small and mid-sized European cities, and Eurowings, Lufthansa Group's value carrier, has now been officially sealed.
Following the letter of intent already issued in March, the corresponding cooperation agreement has now been signed. The sales partnership covers the sale of 150 European routes operated by both airlines on each other's websites. These include 104 routes offered by Eurowings and 46 by Volotea. As the route networks of the two airlines do not overlap, the partnership will result in a strong growth in flight offerings on both Volotea's and Germany's largest vacation carrier's websites.
Among the connections are eight new routes flown by Volotea, connecting German airports such as Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart directly with French and Italian cities from the end of May or mid-October. Thus, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Florence and Verona will also be reached non-stop from Germany via Volotea in the future.
Carlos Muñoz, founder and CEO of Volotea: “We are thrilled to make our partnership with Eurowings official and expand our reach to the German market, an important step in our larger growth plans in Europe. This agreement represents an exciting opportunity for Volotea to offer even more customers affordable, non-stop flights to explore new destinations across our extensive network.”
Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings: “The partnership with Volotea is another milestone on our way to strengthening the ‘Euro’ in the Eurowings brand name. From now on, our customers will benefit from a much wider range of affordable, direct flights within Europe. In addition, we are significantly strengthening our sales power, particularly in southern Europe.”
The flights can be booked as of now on the Volotea website www.volotea.com as well as on the Eurowings homepage www.eurowings.com.
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, also previously 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. This year, the airline has celebrated a milestone of carrying 50 million passengers throughout its whole network.
Volotea reaches more than 100 airports and is currently based in 19 medium-sized European capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Florence (new in 2023), Hamburg, Lille, Lyon, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Verona.
This year, Volotea will operate more than 400 routes (with over half exclusive), offer close to 12M 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 already 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 1,750 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.