Representing some 280 airlines or 83 percent of total air traffic, IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines. It supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.
“We are pleased to become an IATA member, as this global association leads the innovation, safety and value creation in the airline industry, supporting the highest industry standards”, said Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s founder and CEO.
The airline is expected to benefit from IATA’s know-how and resources covering all fields of the industry, including analysis of regulations, development of standards, innovation in distribution, improvements on safety procedures, updates and training for aviation industry professionals, as well as cost reduction.
“Volotea is a new model airline with a clever and bold approach, creating demand and connectivity by establishing innovative routes. We are thrilled to welcome Volotea to the IATA family and to help them grow and excel in this highly competitive European market”, said IATA Regional Vice President for Europe Rafael Schvartzman.
Volotea has carried 15 million passengers since its first flight in 2012, and over 4.8 million in 2017 alone.
Since the beginning of 2018, Volotea has launched 58 new flights to serve a lineup of 293 routes. It currently operates flights to 78 mid- and small-sized European cities in 13 countries including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. The airline is expected to carry 5.7-6 million passengers in 2018.
Its fleet consists of 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s.
Volotea currently operates from twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille that opened on April 19 and Athens, which launched on May 3.