Spanish low-cost airline Volotea is set to launch its first regular route to the United Kingdom later this year.
Starting from November 9th, the airline will operate direct flights between London Gatwick and Strasbourg, offering travellers a convenient and affordable option to explore the Alsace region of France.
Volotea: A fast-growing independent
With a legacy spanning over a decade in the aviation industry, Volotea is currently one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe. This year, the airline has celebrated a milestone of carrying 50 million passengers throughout its network.
Expanding its comprehensive network, which encompasses more than 100 airports and spans across 400 routes, the airline is set to introduce its very first UK-European connection with the new Strasbourg service.
For the 2023 winter season, Volotea will offer over 50 flights along with an expansive seating capacity exceeding 9,000 seats on this newly established route.
These offerings will not be limited to the winter season alone; Volotea has ambitious plans to extend this opportunity into the summer of 2024.
The service frequency for the new London-Strasbourg connection will be maintained at a convenient pace, with two flights each week, specifically on Thursdays and Sundays.
A gateway to Strasbourg’s charms
As an airline known for its strategic route selections, Volotea’s choice of connecting London Gatwick and Strasbourg couldn’t be more inviting.
Positioned on the picturesque banks of the Rhine River, Strasbourg stands as a city that effortlessly blends the charm of its historical architecture with modern districts, creating an extraordinary destination that caters to the diverse preferences of travelers.
Strasbourg offers an array of attractions that are bound to captivate any traveler’s heart. With a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site as its centerpiece, visitors can immerse themselves in the city’s rich history and cultural tapestry.
The city’s network of winding paths and picturesque canals invite leisurely strolls, while its claim to fame as the host of Europe’s oldest Christmas market adds a touch of festive allure.
Strasbourg’s essence lies in its ability to harmoniously intertwine its historical ambiance with contemporary urban facets.
Gabriel Schmilovich, the Chief Strategy Officer of Volotea, shares the airline’s commitment to creating new travel routes that not only offer convenience but also uphold competitive pricing for its esteemed customers.
Expressing particular enthusiasm for this route, Schmilovich points out that it marks Volotea’s debut regular connection to the UK.
The partnership with London Gatwick is clearly a source of pride for the airline, and this new route is anticipated to meet customer demands while potentially paving the way for more future connections to Britain.
London Gatwick’s perspective
Stephanie Wear, the VP of Aviation Development at London Gatwick, expressed deep honor over Volotea’s selection of London Gatwick for its inaugural UK service.
“The airline will offer great value flights to Strasbourg – among Europe’s most beautiful cities – providing passengers across London and the South East with a fantastic new connection from London Gatwick,” said Ms Wear.
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, also previously founders of Vueling. The airline currently reaches more than 100 airports and is based in 19 medium-sized European capitals:
Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Florence (new in 2023), Hamburg, Lille, Lyon, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Verona.
This year, Volotea will operate more than 400 routes (with over half exclusive), offer close to 12M seats (+41% versus 2019), and fly approximately 70,000 flights. The airline operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A319 and A320.
Volotea was recognized by Skytrax in its global passenger satisfaction survey as the “Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe” at the 2023 World Airline Awards, referred to by media around the world as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”
The airline adds this accolade to its growing list of achievements, which includes consecutive wins for “Leading European Low-Cost Airline” at the World Travel Awards in 2021 and 2022
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