Volotea has inaugurated its 12 base in Athens where a Boeing 717 will be permanently based which will create 30 local jobs.
The airline said it plans on significantly increasing routes and frequencies from Athens International Airport.
For 2018, Volotea will offer 337,000 seats, increasing its capacity by 173 per cent. The airline will operate two new routes to Verona (starting on 31 May 2018) and Heraklion (started on 26 April 2018). Heraklion is operating daily, like services to Mykonos and Santorini.
Both new routes are adding up to the other destinations that Volotea already serves in Athens, for a new total of eight. Volotea flies to five destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa, Palermo and from this month onwards also Verona) and to three domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos and Heraklion).
Volotea founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Carlos Muñoz said: “We are proud and excited to launch Athens base today. The warm welcome from local customers and the excellent collaboration with the airport are two critical factors behind our decision to open a base in Athens.
“Greece has been a strategic market for Volotea since our launch, connecting it with our other key markets of France and Italy, and now domestically.
“We think that, on top our competitive prices, the Athens public will appreciate the Volotea experience in comfortable Boeing 717s, with Greek local staff, and from Athens main terminal.”
Athens International Airport CEO, Yiannis Paraschis added Volotea’s decision to keep growing in Athens by launching a base is “extremely important news”.