The airline company low cost Volotea will base a second aircraft at Lille, where it is launching 7 new routes to Barcelona, Faro, Menorca, Athens, Rome, Malaga and Heraklion. HAS Marseillesit is a line towards Barcelona which is born.
Barely a month after the inauguration of its base in Lille Lesquinthe Spanish low-cost flight specialist is strengthening its presence there, with a second 156-seat Airbus A319 to be stationed there from July 2022. The following sixteen routes will be added to the existing sixteen routes:
From July 11, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Barcelona line 3 times a week (Mondays, Fridays and Sundays). A new exclusive connection from Lille to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport, its second destination in Spain.
From July 11, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Faro line once a week (Mondays). A new connection from Lille to Faro airport, its first destination in Portugal, in competition with TUI Fly Belgium.
Lille – Athens
From July 12, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Athens line twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays). A new exclusive connection from Lille to Athens Eleftherios-Venizelos airport.
Lille – Menorca
From July 13, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Menorca line once a week (Wednesdays). A new exclusive connection from Lille to Menorca airport, its third destination in Spain.
From July 14, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Rome line twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays). A new exclusive connection from Lille to Rome – Leonardo da Vinci airport, its fourth destination in Italy.
From July 14, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Malaga line once a week (Thursdays). A new exclusive connection from Lille to Malaga – Costa del Sol airport, its fourth destination in Spain.
Lille – Heraklion
From July 16, 2022, Volotea will operate the Lille – Heraklion line once a week (Saturdays). A new connection from Lille to Heraklion Níkos-Kazantzakis airport, its second destination in Greece, opposite Sky Express.
In total, the airline will offer this year more than 600,000 seats to 23 destinations from Lille airport, in 7 countries: Spain (Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Menorca, Malaga), France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Bordeaux, Calvi, Figari, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Perpignan, Toulouse), Italy (Cagliari, Palermo, Venice, Rome), Bulgaria (Varna), Croatia (Split), Greece (Athens, Heraklion) and Portugal (Faro). The arrival of a second A319 will allow Volotea to “strengthen its commitment to employment in the Hauts-de-France region with the creation of 30 direct jobs and 25 additional indirect jobs, not to mention other jobs to be planned to manage the additional activity generated by this additional traffic”.
” We are very pleased to announce the strengthening of Lille’s connectivity across Europe with the launch of seven new European destinations, including six exclusive ones. Our development in Lille makes us all the more proud that it is also synonymous with job creation and development of the local territory. “said Céline Lacroix, Head of International Development at Volotea, in a press release.
” The installation of a second Volotea aircraft at its new base in Lille, inaugurated less than a month ago, is materializing much earlier than we had hoped. This is a strong and extremely positive signal for the airport of our metropolis and our region, a marker of a real dynamic of resumption of economic, cultural, educational and tourist exchanges. added Marc André Gennart, Managing Director of Lille Airport. ” We are honored by this new sign of confidence from Volotea which will delight the representatives of the Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Italian communities and all those who have recently spoken since April 1st for new air connections. This announcement also marks a new stage in the international development of our destination network, as we have committed to in our airport modernization project. “.
From its base at the airport of Marseille-ProvenceVolotea will inaugurate on July 1 two weekly flights to Barcelona-El Prat, with departures on Monday and Friday in competition with Vueling. This line will be added to those already offered to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife South, i.e. six to Spain out of the 20 which make the low cost airline the second largest airline in Marseille in terms of number of destinations.
Volotea also operates connections from Marseille to Biarritz, Caen, Rennes and Strasbourg by France ; Athens, Heraklion, Mykonos and Santorini in Greece ; to Constantine and Oran in Algeria ; to Dubrovnik and Split by Croatia ; and to Cagliari and Venice by Italy.
” We are very happy to announce the launch of a sixth Spanish destination from Marseille-Provence airport, which is a very important base for Volotea. Barcelona is a very popular destination which I am sure will be very well received by our Marseille passengers. Little more, the days of operation lend themselves perfectly to long weekends », emphasizes Céline Lacroix, Head of International Development at Volotea.
In 2022, Volotea intends to offer “the largest offer in its history” with 11 million seats – an increase of more than 30% compared to 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s here France who will benefit the most: 5.5 million seats, an increase of 54% compared to 2019 (and a supply doubled compared to last year). Volotea hopes to welcome between 9 and 9.5 million passengers this year, around 32% above the 2019 level (7.6 million passengers).
The low cost is already based in 18 “European regional capitals”: Alghero (since 2021), Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon (since 2021), Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. It serves more than 100 cities across 15 countries including Algeria which was launched last December from France.
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