28/11/2019 News

The winner received a year-long free flights prize 

In 2020, Volotea will offer more than half a million seats to 14 destinations in Athens

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November, 28th 2019 - Volotea, one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, started operating in Athens in 2015 and in four years has already reached its first million passenger carried in the Greek capital. The airline has celebrated this achievement with an event at Athens main terminal where the passenger was awarded with one year of free flights. 

Volotea started its operations in Athens in 2015 and launched its base in the Greek airport in May 2018. Kalliopi Papanastou, the Volotea first million passenger in Athens, was flying from Athens to Heraklion. She was awarded with a year-long free flights prize to any Volotea destination from Athens. 

Since Volotea started operations in Athens in 2015, the airline has been successfully increasing its customers year-on-year. Since the launch of the base on May 2018, Volotea has enhance its offer, adding new destinations and creating 55 local jobs. Two Boeing 717 aircraft are based at Athens airport. 

Moreover, Volotea will celebrate it until November 30th with a promotion at its website offering tickets from €9 to all Volotea new destinations in 2020. 

The new routes will be operated as follows: 

-  Marseille: From 4th April, 18,000 seats, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lyon: From 13th April, 18,000 seats, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

-  Split: From 13th April, 15,000 seats, Wednesdays and Sundays.

-  Cagliari: From 25th May, 11,000 seats, Mondays and Fridays.

In 2020 Volotea will offer 580,000 seats increasing its capacity by 11% and will serve from Athens a line-up of fourteen destinations: four domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos, Heraklion and Rhodes), five destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa, Verona and Cagliari), two city pairs to Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split) and three to France (Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille). 

“We are delighted to celebrate our first million passengers at Athens airport where we are growing strongly since we started our operations. We have achieved excellent results in all routes, with great reaction from our customers. A few months ago, we celebrated the first anniversary of our base in Athens and now we are celebrating another important achievement. Our first million passengers will have the opportunity to fly with Volotea for a whole year and discover our destinations” Stated Valeria Rebasti, Commercial Country Manager Italy & Southeastern Europe. 

On behalf of Athens International Airport, Director Communications & Marketing, Ioanna Papadopoulou stressed: “With its Athens base having barely completed two years of very successful operations, we celebrate today together with Volotea, one more fantastic milestone, its first million passengers in Athens! We would like to wish to our excellent airline partner every success and even more million passengers, as Volotea keeps developing in our market, continuing its contribution to the enhancement of passengers’ travelling options, in both the domestic and international sectors.!”




Volotea is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served and seats offered. Since 2012, Volotea has carried more than 25 million passengers across Europe. The airline expects between 8.5 and 9.0 million passengers in 2020. 

For 2020, Volotea is adding five aircraft Airbus 319s and 53 new routes to offer a line-up of 346 short-haul city-pairs among more than 90 medium and small-sized airports in 14 countries at very competitive prices. Volotea operates its network with 38 aircraft, Airbus A319s and Boeing 717s, based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille, Athens, Cagliari, Lyon, Naples and Hamburg.

Volotea’s Hamburg base has been opened to operate Airbus’ shuttle service, recently awarded. Bases in Lyon and Naples are to be launched in 2020.

To capitalize its growth in activity, more than 150 new positions are open for recruitment in France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany for a total headcount of 1,450 in 2020.

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