Philippe Bernand, President of Marseille Provence’s Airport and Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea, with local authorities and Volotea’s crew.
Volotea creates 60 direct local jobs in Marseille and inaugurates nine new routes.
Basing two aircraft in town, the airline reinforces its offer and proposes 19 destinations, out of which 10 are exclusive.
April, 19th, 2018 - Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, has inaugurated this morning its new base in Marseille, where two aircraft will be permanently based and 60 local jobs have been created.
Volotea has inaugurated its eleventh base at Marseille airport, where two aircraft Boeing 717 will be based to allow a significant increase in routes and frequencies. The event, presented by Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea, has been hosted by Philippe Bernand, President of Marseille Provence’s Airport. The main institutions in Marseille attended the event and welcomed the airline.
Since Volotea started operating in Marseille in 2014, the number of passengers has increased constantly year-on-year. In 2017, the airline has carried 150,000 passengers from Marseille, up by 77% in comparison to the previous year and achieving an average 83% seat load.
This year, Volotea offers more than 286,000 seats to fly from/to Marseille, adding nine new routes to Biarritz, Caen, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Menorca, Mykonos, Santorin and Majorca. Ten destinations out of the total of nineteen are exclusive from the airport, only served by Volotea. In the first quarter of 2018, the recommendation rate of Volotea in Marseille was 92.5%.
“We are proud to launch our new base in Marseille and pleased to get this warm welcome from the main local institutions. We want to reinforce our offer and presence in Marseille. So this year we have increased our capacity by 56%, adding also nine new destinations. A much wider choice, resulting from the excellent results we have received since our first operations back four years ago. We are pleased that opening a base this year also allow us to create sixty new jobs in Marseille”, Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.
Volotea has carried 15 millionth passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4.8 million in 2017.
In 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline expects to carry between 5.7m and 6.0 passengers in 2018.
Volotea has currently eleven bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao and Marseille, opened today, April 19th 2018. Additionally, Athens will be launched in the following weeks.
Volotea headcount is 875 employees and will also create another 250 new jobs in 2018 to capitalize its growth in activity.
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.
The airline has been selected by TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2017 as the best airline based in France, Italy and Spain in the “Europe Regional and Low Cost” category.
About Volotea : www.volotea.com