Volotea Announces Expansion of Greek Operations With 8 New Routes
Volotea, the European airline connecting small to mid-sized cities, has recently announced its expansion in Greece with eight new routes and strong growth plans for 2023.
The airline will launch the new routes from key Greek airports to France, Italy, and Spain. Specifically, the eight new routes to be launched by Volotea are two routes from Athens to Toulouse and Cagliari, two routes from Santorini to Bilbao and Palermo, one route from Heraklion to Bordeaux, one route from Rhodes to Nantes, one route from Kalamata to Nantes, and Karpathos to Naples.
In Athens, the airline will fly to 17 destinations and offer over 680,000 seats, a 33 percent increase from the previous year.
Volotea opened its base in the Greek capital in 2018 with two Airbus 319s that can accommodate 156 passengers each. Since then, the airline has become the fastest-growing airline at Athens International Airport, with 3,800 flights currently on sale. With the expansion scheduled, the airline is set to offer more than 1.4 million seats to and from Greece.
“We are excited to continue our growth in the Greek market, especially in Athens,” said Volotea Country Manager in Italy & Southeastern Europe Valeria Rebasti. She added that thanks to the company’s team and Athens Airport collaboration, “Volotea will connect more passengers to Greece’s beauty and culture and help more Greeks discover new cities all over Europe.”
Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director of Communications & Marketing at Athens Airport, underlined that “following the reinstatement of Volotea’s Athenian base after the pandemic, the company will operate their biggest ever network out of Athens during this summer season, also introducing an exciting new destination, Cagliari.”
Furthermore, Volotea’s presence in Greece will be strengthened by the codeshare agreement signed in 2021 with AEGEAN that will grow to over 90 routes in 2023.
“We are very proud of our partnership with AEGEAN, the largest Greek airline whose values and priorities align closely with ours,” said Volotea’s CEO and Founder Carlos Muñoz. Chairman of AEGEAN Eftichios Vassilakis noted that the Greek carrier’s cooperation with Volotea will multiply travel opportunities for Aegean’s passengers.
“Our cooperation is based on the principle that even airlines with different products who are also competitors can cooperate if they share the same commitment to the customer to promote the efficiency of direct accessibility to our country,” added Vassilakis.
In 2023, Volotea will offer nearly 12 million seats and operate more than 400 routes in 16 countries in its entire network. All Volotea routes are available on the airline’s website, the Volotea app, and all travel agencies.