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As a result of this rapid progress, the airline has now set a new, ambitious 58% reduction goal per passenger-kilometer for 2030.

Since its inception, Volotea has implemented more than 50 initiatives to reduce the fuel consumption of its aircraft, contributing to the reduction of its direct CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometer by more than 45% as of year-end 2022, as verified by Bureau Veritas.

Barcelona, October 19th, 2023 – Volotea, the airline connecting small and mid-sized European cities, has passed a new audit of its sustainability program, Voloterra, based upon five pillars: an efficient business model, reduction of CO2 emissions, innovation and development, emissions offsetting, and transparency.

Volotea, which in 2022 became the first airline to pass the comprehensive audit by Bureau Veritas––a  world leader in tests, inspections, and certification––continues to position itself as a key player in the transition toward a more sustainable future in aviation. As a highlight, in addition to investing a significant portion of its revenues in new and alternative sustainable fuel technologies and aircraft, the airline had committed to reducing its direct CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer by 50% by 2030. However, given the progress made in recent years, it expects to exceed this target and achieve it by 2025. As a result, the company has set a new, more ambitious goal to reduce its direct CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometer by 58% by 2030, compared to 2012.

Since its inception in 2012, Volotea has demonstrated its firm commitment to mitigating its environmental impact and advocating a responsible approach to affordable travel for everyone by launching more than 50 initiatives to reduce fuel use. Among these initiatives, one of the most notable has been the complete transition of its fleet from Boeing 717s to a fleet consisting entirely of Airbus aircraft, including 41 A319s and A320s. As of year-end 2022, the latest Bureau Veritas audit confirmed the airline has achieved a significant reduction of 45.5% in emissions related to fuel consumption per passenger kilometer compared to 2012, highlighting the substantial impact of these efforts.

According to Gloria Carreras, ESG Director at Volotea: "At Volotea, we are firmly committed to sustainable aviation. As a key sector for economic and social development, we know that it is our responsibility as an industry to join forces and work together to continue implementing responsible practices and investing in innovative technologies that enable the progressive decarbonization of aviation. This all, whilst keeping the high value connectivity that we provide to our small and mid-sized European cities. Our achievement of a 45.5% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2012 to 2022 reflects the significant progress we have made through our dedicated efforts, and we take pride in seeing how these efforts are yielding results".

Voloterra and Volotea's commitment to sustainable aviation were also recognized in the 2023 edition of The Norns Awards––an international program that celebrates the innovators and change agents shaping the future of their industries––with the airline winning the award for the most sustainable low-cost airline.

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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 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 11.5M seats (40% versus 2019), and fly approximately 70,000 flights. The airline operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A319 and A320.

Volotea is working towards achieving a more sustainable future in aviation and has committed to reducing 50% of its CO2 emissions per passenger and kilometer by 2025 (versus 2012), 5 years before than the original target. To date, Volotea has launched over 50 sustainability initiatives that have already driven a reduction in carbon footprint per passenger and kilometer by more than 45%. 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, with a workforce of 1,820 employees, actively boosts connectivity within the territories where it is based, while contributing to their economic development and enriching the cultural landscape through impactful sponsorship projects.

Volotea was recognized by Skytrax in its global passenger satisfaction survey as the “Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe” at the 2023 World Airline Awards, referred to by media around the world as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.” The airline adds this accolade to its growing list of achievements, which includes consecutive wins for "Leading European Low-Cost Airline" at the World Travel Awards in 2021 and 2022.


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