LONDON – Spanish Carrier Volotea has announced that it will be increasing its fleet size with an additional six Airbus A320 aircraft being added, which the airline says will allow it to deal with the increases in demand and will help it improve its cost structure in the next 2-3 years.
Carlos Muñoz, founder and CEO of Volotea said: “We are very proud to increase our fleet with 6 more Airbus A320. As a European company, we are very keen to count on Airbus as our long-term fleet partner. This year we will continue growing on our strategy of connecting mid and small European cities and launching our largest-ever offer on the market with over 11 million seats on sale, and the opening of two new bases in France.”
“By growing our fleet with more modern aircraft, we will increase our competitiveness and take advantage of sizeable opportunities as we move forward while becoming more responsible in protecting the environment”,
The airline made the switch to an all-Airbus fleet in 2021 and has been committed to ensuring that it reduces its carbon footprint with the more fuel-efficient A320 aircraft thanks to its increased range and greater capacity.
New Bases and More Routes show strong recovery
Volotea now sees its fleet grow to 41 aircraft and with the opening of two new bases in France, the airlines are expected to carry between 9 and 9.5 million passengers this year, which would be around 21 percent more than its all time record in 2019, where it recorded 7.6 million passengers carried.
The two new bases alongside the six additional aircraft will also mean the creation of 45 new routes which would see the airline operate close to 70,000 flights during 2022, this is a significant increase from its pre-covid travel records of 58,000 and is a clear indication that as covid-19 restrictions are removed more and more people are willing to and want to travel this summer.