VOLOTEA ANNOUNCES GENOA AS ITS NINTH BASE IN EUROPE
It will be the fourth base for the airline in Italy and ninth at a European level
In the next months Volotea will announce the new routes from Genoa, where the airline estimates to get to 15 routes within 3 years
June 1st, 2016 - Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, will open in Genoa its fourth operative base in Italy and ninth at European level. In 2017, the company will have nine bases in Italy (Venice, Verona, Palermo and Genoa), France (Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse) and Spain (Asturias).
From Genoa it’s currently possible to fly to 7 destinations: Catania, Naples, Olbia, Palermo and to the 3 new destinations for this year: Alghero, Brindisi and Cagliari. With the Genoa base launch, Volotea estimates to get to 15 routes within 3 years.
"Genoa is a city that flight after flight has accompanied us on our path of growth, offering us a quite unique and warm welcome”, has declared Carlos Muñoz, CEO and founder of Volotea. “Liguria is one of the most important regions in our development strategies and, for this reason, we have decided to strengthen our presence in the area, making Genoa our new home in Italy".
"With the opening of the new base, we look forward to strengthening the relationship of trust established with our passengers, especially in Liguria, who have showed great appreciation for our competitive rates and our attention to punctuality" - continues Muñoz.
In the course of 2016 the carrier will be on sale in Genoa with 269,500 tickets, distributed on more than 2,150 flights (+ 30% vs 2015) to which they will add the new routes to be launched after the opening of the base.
"We see great potential in Genoa - continues Muñoz -. Thanks to the presence of our aircrafts, we will offer to the passengers who choose to take off or land in Genoa an even wider range of destinations and schedules. We are also glad to contribute to the development of the local economy through the creation of numerous new jobs”, has concluded Carlos Muñoz.
"We are proud that Volotea has chosen our airport as a fourth base in Italy and we are grateful to the airline for the confidence in our airport and in Liguria. Having a base means having a higher number of flights, more destinations and more convenient schedules. All this without forgetting the implications for employment, with dozens of new jobs that will cover professional high-profile members such as pilots, crews and technicians. Today’s are great news that requires us to work to allow Volotea to reap the benefits of this investment in our territory to take advantage of increasing (and more comfortable) connections”, says Marco Arato, President of Airport Genoa SpA.
TOULOUSE WAS VOLOTEA’S LAST BASE LAUNCH:
The eighth base of the airline was launched last March 31st in Toulouse. The French base counts on one based aircraft and 25 direct and local employees (cabin crews, pilots and base managers).
In 2016, Volotea is offering 12 destinations departing from Toulouse: five in France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari, Strasbourg and Brest), two in Italy (Palermo and Venice), three in Spain (Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Malaga), one in the Czech Republic (Prague) and one in Croatia (Split).
VOLOTEA RECORDS STRONG GROWTH ACROSS EUROPE:
Volotea continues to grow and fulfil its objectives: the Company, which in 2012 had two bases (Venice and Nantes) had seven in 2015 (Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias and Verona) and has just opened its 8th base in Toulouse, in March 2016. In 2017 the airline will launch the ninth base in Genoa.
In 2016, the low-cost airline will operate flights to three new countries (Portugal, Malta and UK), in addition to the 10 countries it flew to last year (France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Israel, Albania and Moldova), offering a total of more than 38,000 flights, with 196 routes to 72 cities, in 13 countries.
Volotea transported 2.5 million passengers in 2015 and forecasts between 3.3 and 3.5 million in 2016, which represents an increase of 35%-40%. In addition, the company expects to reach 10 million passengers accumulated by the end of this year. The Company will incorporate four Airbus A319 to its fleet of 19 Boeing 717 in the first months of 2016. This strategic decision will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20%, from its current 125 seats to 150 seats on its plane. The capacity of the A319 in terms of length of flight, will also allow the company to operate routes with a longer distance and therefore, to penetrate new markets.
Volotea was awarded on 21st October 2015 with the Prize of the Best Client Service for 2015 in the airline category. In Quality of Service, Volotea scored the highest of all the companies evaluated, with 8.58 / 10, which makes it the leader in the Airline category.
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Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, offers direct flights at very competitive prices. Its fleet is currently composed of 19 Boeing 717, with a configuration of 125 seats and has incorporated 4 Airbus A319 in 2016. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average with approximately 30 inches of separation between each row. In 2016, the company will operate more than 38,000 flights across its 196 routes which connect 72 medium and small-sized cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Israel, Albania, Moldova, Portugal, Malta and UK. Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has transported more than 7 million passengers across Europe and in 2015, transported more than 2.5 million.