HOW WE CONTRIBUTE TO CLEANER TRAVEL
We all know it. Our planet needs us all to take action, urgently. The aviation industry is often looked at with skepticism, due to its role in C02 emissions worldwide. No one likes to hear that. At the same time, it is very unlikely that we will see a Europe without airlines in the future.
Volotea was born in the last decade, being well aware of the environmental zeitgeist, and knowing that our duty would be to change a few things. Now that we’ve become a company with enough size to have an impact, we’re getting ahead and want to accelerate the countdown to our goal of reducing emissions.
Connect small and medium sized cities in Europe directly: places previously unconnected or underserviced. This was our first step to enable an improvement in the impact of travel among our clients. By helping them avoid taking connecting flights, we’ve cut dramatically their travel footprint.
Now is the time to do more. If we are honest, to truly make C02 emissions reduction happen, we’ve got to do this together: clients, our business partners and us. With this in mind, we’ve just released our first C02 emissions reduction plan, and we wish to explain to you how we see it working.
Eliminate 100% of our C02 emissions. To do this we rely on factors which are still being worked out across the industry, such as sustainable aviation fuels, improvements in technology and our own ability to replace our fleets with more efficient aircraft when possible.
WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE THE CO2 FOOTPRINT
When you buy a flight with Volotea, you have the option of participating in the compensation of your carbon footprint on the payment page by contributing €2 per passenger.
OUR FACTS, IN A NUTSHELL
Here are all the facts that have accompanied our commitment to sustainability since we started flying in 2012.
Since we started flying in 2012 , we have launched more than 50 initiatives to reduce the fuel consumption of our aircraft which have helped to reduce our fuel-burn related emissions per passenger kilometre (RPK) by 45.5% by the end of 2022.
Since early 2021, we removed all of our Boeing 717 aircraft which were more inefficient and polluting. We have renovated our aircraft to a much cleaner and efficient Airbus 319-320 fleet of +40 aircraft.
Only direct routes
Volotea connects more than 100 cities all over Europe and does it through direct flights, without connections through other cities, which avoids 65% of the fuel-burn CO2 emissions that would have a connection flight.
We maximize the occupation of our flights, During summer season 2022 (June to August), 95% of our seats have been booked on our regular flights. Since 2018, 90-95% of our seating capacity was booked from our regular flights. We often fly with none or minimum empty seats, so nothing goes wasted.
VOLOTEA plays a major role in European islands connectivity. In 2023, 55% of our routes are connections to islands like Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily or Mallorca, among other.
We do not to operate any flights that can be covered by train in less than 4 hours. Also, more than 94% of our routes cannot be covered by train in less than 6 hours.
Our commitment to sustainability
In 2019, we committed to reducing our carbon emissions per passenger kilometer by 50% by 2030 (vs. 2012), but our strong performance to date puts us on track to exceed our original 2030 target by 2025, a full five years in advance!
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
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. From September 2023, when buying a flight, VOLOTEA passengers can voluntarily participate in the purchase of SAF by contributing €2 per passenger at the payment page.
We actively participate in industry forums and associations for the development of new technologies, and are working on the long-term development of the first commercial electric aircraft.
While working on developing emission-free alternative technologies, at present we’ve committed to offsetting 25% of our total CO2 emissions in 2025. In 2022, we have offset 9% of our direct CO2 emissions by investing in several offsetting projects, both international and within the EU, verified and certified by highly recognized international standards such as VCS or Label Bas Carbone.