Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea which inaugurated its Athens base on 3 May this year is accelerating its operations in Greece after seeing strong growth in passenger numbers and is to fly four routes all-year.
From January to June, the airline has carried 100,000 passengers in Athens, 3.5 times more than in the same period of the previous year, achieving an average 93 per cent seat load. It operates 12 bases in Europe.
Volotea launched a new base in Athens this year, permanently placing a Boeing 717 aircraft in Athens, recruiting 30 local people to run operations and reinforcing its commercial offer with two new routes adding to the six destinations already operated.
The carrier currently serves from Athens three domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos and Heraklion) and five destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa, Palermo and Verona).
Heraklion and Verona were launched in May 2018 have to date performed strongly, with average seat loads of 94 per cent and 88 per cent, respectively.
And Volotea has also changed its schedule on routes to Santorini, Heraklion, Mykonos and Venice, as they will be now operated all through the winter season with frequencies of between three and four times a week.
The airline’s founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Carlos Muñoz said: “We are proud of the positive results of Volotea during the first six months of 2018 in our base of Athens. Launched last May, the base shows excellent results in this first stages.”
Athens International Airport CEO, Yiannis Paraschis added the gateway will continue to “closely cooperate” with the airline aiming at its further expansion and development.