Volotea is continuing its expansion and has launched a new Airbus A319 Lyon-Palermo route – the 20th airport it services in France.
The service is part of the carrier’s network development from Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport which will see it also fly to Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Cagliari, with the latter two links only served only by Volotea.
Palermo will operate via two flights a week (Tuesday and Friday), while Palma de Mallorca, one flight per week (Saturday), Alicante is twice a week and from 31 May Cagliari will be run once a week.
With a total of four destinations for 2018, more than 340 flights and 47,000 seats available, Volotea has set its sights high for its Lyon base.
Volotea CSO, Pierfrancesco Carino said: “The Lyon region offers excellent prospects for growth, so we have high hopes for Volotea’s development at this new airport. Launched in 2012, Volotea already operates in 19 airports across France.
“Lyon-Saint Exupéry is a critical airport for us, a new city that we are proud to serve through our business and leisure destinations. It’s an opportunity for Volotea to let the people Lyon benefit from the advantages of our company, namely: direct flights at low prices”.
Aéroports de Lyon managing director, Cédric Fechter said: “The arrival of a new company is always important for an airport, even more so when its flights not only reinforce the other airlines’ services, but also offer new destinations.
“We are delighted to be working with Volotea to ensure the success of these flights and to expand their presence at our airport, which offers great development potential.”
In 2018, Volotea launched 58 new routes, reaching a total of 293 served, connecting 78 European regional capitals across 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The company expects to carry between 5.7 and 6 million passengers in 2018.
Volotea currently has nine bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse and Genoa. New bases in Athens, Bilbao and Marseille have been announced and will be launched throughout the year.
Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has carried over 15 million passengers across Europe, including 4.8 million in 2017 alone. This year, it boasts a fleet of 32 aircraft, made up of Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s.