Through the new routes, the airline will increase its capacity in Athens for 2019 by 67 percent with 230,000 additional seats, up to a total of 580,000.
“The positive results of Volotea since our base was launched in Athens have already allowed us to extend our operations this winter and reach record seat loads in these last months,” said Volotea Founder and CEO Carlos Muñoz.
According to Muñoz, up to November Volotea has carried 300,000 passengers to Athens, three times more than in 2017, with an average 95 percent seat load within this year. In the month of August, Volotea’s seat load reached 100 percent in its flights.
Muñoz also announced that a second Boeing 717 of Volotea will be permanently based in Athens.
“In 2019, a new aircraft will be based in Athens to serve our new three routes and the increase in capacity all through the year, bringing also job opportunities and economic development,” he said, adding that the new aircraft will recruit 25 local residents who will join its current team reaching 55 people.
Volotea ups destinations served from Athens to 10
The addition of the new routes, brings the destinations Volotea serves from Athens to 10: four domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos, Heraklion and Rhodes), four destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa and Verona), one to Croatia (Dubrovnik) and another one to France (Strasbourg).
Moreover, Muñoz also announced that the routes from Athens to Santorini, Heraklion, Mykonos and Venice will also operate during the 2018-2019 winter season, due to their success in the previous period.
For 2019, Volotea will also more than double its winter capacity offering a total of 160,000 seats available in the first and fourth quarter at Athens International Airport (AIA).
Volotea’s new routes from Athens in 2019 will operate as follows:
Rhodes: From April, 35,750 seats and four flights per week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Dubrovnik: From April, 14,000 seats and two flights per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Strasbourg: From June, 5,000 seats and one flight per week on Wednesdays.
In order to promote the launch of the new destinations, a 48-hour flash promotion with tickets from 9 euros is available for bookings for travel to Rhodes, Strasbourg and Dubrovnik in 2019.
Intermodal Air is the GSA (general sales agent) for Volotea in Greece.