Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, celebrates its first year of operations in its base in Athens. To celebrate this event, two new routes to Dubrovnik and Rhodes have started operations. Volotea offers in 2019 three new destinations and more than 520,000 seats.
Since the launch of the base in May 2018, Volotea has carried 360,000 passengers in Athens, up by 250% in comparison to 103,000 passengers in the previous twelve-month period. This year Volotea has reinforced its offer adding new destinations, increasing its capacity and has created local employments that are to be increased with a second Boeing 717 being based in Athens airport. In 2019, Volotea operates more than 4,200 flights and offers more than 520,000 seats, representing a 51% increase.
With the new routes being launched these days, Volotea will serve from Athens a total line-up of ten destinations: four domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos, Heraklion and Rhodes), four destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa and Verona), one to Croatia (Dubrovnik) and another one to France (Strasbourg) to be served from June onwards.
The new routes recently opened are operating as follows:
Rhodes: From 26th April, 25,750 seats and four flights per week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Dubrovnik: From 27th April, 13,750 seats and two flights per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“The first year of our base in Athens has been spectacular in every way. It has been the most successful base opening in the seven years of Volotea. Our commercial proposal has been greeted so we are increasing our proposal with more flights and additional destinations. The Greek market has a great potential and we are happy to collaborate to the growth of Athens airport as well as supporting the local economy by creating direct local jobs and reducing seasonality by extending our flights through winter months always offering very competitive prices” said Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.
«Volotea’s strategic decision, as of last May, to continue growing in Athens by launching a base at our airport contributed to the enhancement of the passengers’ travelling options, in both the domestic and international sectors, and, at the same time, significantly enhanced our city’s connectivity. We are very pleased with the airline’s very positive performance in the first year of the operation of its base, and we continue to support our airline partner, aiming at its further expansion and development to/ from our airport”, stressed Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director, Communications & Marketing, Athens International Airport.
In first quarter of 2019, Volotea’s on-time rate has been also boosted to 84.06%. Volotea stands as the most punctual European airline in its category in the first quarter of 2019, according to the statistics published by the leading independent airline consultant agency FlightStats.