Volotea celebrated in Nantes, France, its 15 millionth passenger carried since operations started in April 2012. The winner, Julie Besson, was awarded with a tailor-made holiday package with one-week premium accommodation at Palermo and free flights for a year.
Volotea has carried 15 million passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4.8 million in 2017. For 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid-and small-sized European cities across 13 countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline expects to carry between 5.7 million and 6 million passengers in 2018.
Volotea has currently nine bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse and Genoa, in which it leads on number of destinations (except in Toulouse). New bases in Athens, Bilbao and Marseille have been announced to be launched throughout this year.
In 2018, Volotea operates its network with 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines. The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth, and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20% to 150 seats and to serve longer routes.