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 it’s 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 can compensate the CO2 emissions of your flight on the payment page by contributing €2 per passenger, and we in turn will match your contribution!
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, we have launched 50 initiatives to reduce the fuel consumption of our aircraft, and we achieved a reduction of more than 41% of the related CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer flown from 2012 to 2021.
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 allows us to save on fuel consumption with shorter flight times.
We do not operate low occupancy flights. Volotea’s flights have an average occupation of 90-95%, often with none or minimum empty seats, so nothing goes wasted.
In 2021, more than 65% of our routes were connections to islands like Saridinia, Corsica, Sycily 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 90% of our flights cannot be covered by train of car in less than 6 hours.
Our commitment to sustainability
With our feet on the ground and our wings on tomorrow, we work every day to meet our sustainability commitments.
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.
We’ve put in place a ‘green’ transition initiative 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.