VOLOTEA LAUNCHES ITS SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM, VOLOTERRA, WITH THE AIM OF ACCELERATING THE REDUCTION OF CARBON EMISSIONS.
Volotea has already implemented 50 sustainability initiatives and is committed to achieving 25% carbon offsetting by 2025; it also has a plan for using sustainable fuels in its aircraft in 2022, developing alternative zero-emission technologies, creating a 100% electric aircraft, and working to improve efficiency in air traffic management.
The airline offers its customers to offset their CO2 emissions at the time of booking with a donation of €2 and doubles the contribution.
Barcelona, 10 March 2022 - Volotea, the airline that connects medium-sized cities and European capitals, has launched Voloterra, a sustainability programme aimed at accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions. The company, is focussed on the future and is taking a further step towards sustainability, placing itself as a cutting-edge airline working towards a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future for the entire aviation sector.
Participating in the programme is simple; when buying tickets, passengers can donate two euros per flight, thus helping to offset the carbon emissions of their flight. Volotea will add an additional two euros for each donation and will invest the total sum in projects aimed at mitigating carbon emissions. These projects, which are verified and certified to the highest international standards, will support reforestation and forest conservation, the transition towards the use of renewable energy sources as well as waste treatment and recycling to produce energy within disadvantaged communities.
In particular, Volotea is currently supporting a series of projects certified by the CDM (United Nation's Clean Development Mechanism) aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the improvement of animal waste management systems in the Sonora region (Mexico). These projects are executed in an economically sustainable way and have other benefits for the environment and a strong social impact, including an increase in the local employment rate and the employment of skilled labour, the use of renewable energy sources and a general improvement in water and air quality.
"We are really proud to announce our sustainability programme, proof of our commitment to environmental projects. Since the foundation of the company, we have worked tirelessly to minimise carbon emissions, starting with a strategy of offering direct flights between cities not served by other companies with no fuel wastage,” said Gloria Carreras, ESG Director of Volotea. “Over the last 10 years, we have never stopped investing in environmental initiatives. Volotea has grown and so has the impact that we can have. With this programme, we aim to go a step further, accelerating the transition towards an increasingly clean and more sustainable aviation sector and a zero-emissions future."
Since its foundation in 2012, Volotea has carried out more than 50 sustainability projects, thanks to which it has reduced its carbon footprint per passenger and per kilometre by more than 41%. Volotea is working on the development of alternative technologies capable of supporting a zero-emission future for the aviation sector. In addition, in 2021 Volotea started offsetting 5% of its total carbon emissions until it reaches 25% of its carbon footprint in 2025. In 2022, the airline will introduce sustainable fuels to power its aircraft and is working with manufacturing and industrial sectors to make these fuels, which are currently difficult to access, available on a large scale in the shortest possible time. In support of the transition towards sustainability, Volotea is also working on an ambitious project aimed at developing the first 100% electric aircraft, which could be certified for flight by 2024.
Volotea became a 100% Airbus carrier in 2021, replacing part of its fleet with aircraft made by the European manufacturer. Thanks to the use of aircraft with a greater capacity and longer flight range, the company was able to increase its efficiency. Volotea connects over one hundred medium-sized cities and European capitals, operating direct flights that allow the carrier to reduce flight times and fuel consumption. Again, with a view to increasing efficiency, over 90% of the flights operated by Volotea connect cities that cannot be connected to each other by train or car in less than six hours, while the average occupancy rate on board the carrier's aircraft is between 90% and 95%. Finally, Volotea plays a particularly significant role in guaranteeing the connectivity of European islands with the mainland; 65% of its flights provide connections to and from islands such as Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Mallorca, and many others.
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. Since its start, Volotea has carried more than 35 million passengers across Europe.
Volotea is currently based in 18 medium-sized European capitals: Alghero (opening in 2021), Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Hamburg, Lille (opening next April), Lyon (opening in 2021), 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 and 45 aircraft 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, a percentage that will progressively increase by 5 percent each year, 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 2021, the industry's most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in the transportation and tourism industry worldwide.
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