An aircraft will be based at La Paloma airport creating fifty direct jobs.
Vienna, Malta, Palermo and Malaga are the new routes to be operated starting tomorrow.
A special two-day promotion of flights at €9 has been launched to celebrate this inauguration.
Bilbao, March 22nd 2018 - Volotea, the airline of mid and small sized European cities, has launched this morning a new base in Bilbao. This new base will allow a significant increase of operations and will generate an important job creation in Bizkaia.
Volotea has inaugurated this morning its new base in Bilbao, where an aircraft will be permanently based to allow a significant increase in routes and frequencies. The event, presented by Lázaro Ros, Director General and Co-founder of Volotea, has been supported by the main institutions in Bizkaia.
Javier de Andrés, Delegado del Gobierno in the Basque Country, Covadonga Aldámiz-Echevarría, Subdelegada del Gobierno in the Basque Country, Vicente Reyes, Diputado Foral of Transport; Mercedes Rodríguez, Director of Tourism of Bilbao Town Council; María Paz Irastorza, Director de Commerce of Bizkaia Chamber of Commerce and Cristina Echeverría, Director of Bilbao airport, all welcomed the importance of this opening.
Previously, a Boeing 717 has been visited by main local media invited to the celebration. The event has ended with an aurresku, performance, the traditional dancing to celebrate and honour the opening of operations.
This year, Volotea will offer more than 173,000 seats to fly from/to Bilbao, multiplying by two the line-up of destinations by adding four new routes. Vienna, Malta, Palermo and Malaga will join Ibiza, Majorca, Seville and Venice. All the international destinations in the offer are exclusive from Bilbao airport.
En 2017, Volotea carried more than 61,000 passengers from Bilbao with a 92% average seat load and a recommendation rate of 87.5%.
“We are proud to launch our new base in Bilbao and pleased to get this warm welcome from the main local institutions. Last year we achieved an excellent reception to our offer, so this year we have increased our capacity adding also four new destinations, out of which three are exclusive international routes. This will help us to round up the existing offer at the same time as adding up to 100,000 seats to the airport, allowing to enhance the touristic and business destination line-up with a direct connection from Bizkaia’s capital. Opening La Paloma base will make Bilbao, a top touristic hub in 2018, closer to new markets and create fifty new jobs”, Carlos Muñoz Beraza, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.
In order to celebrate this launch, a special promotion has been launched by Volotea. Flight tickets from €9 are available for bookings today and tomorrow to fly from Bilbao to most of the destinations in the months of April and June
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 ten bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa and Bilbao, opened today. New bases in Athens and Marseille have been announced to be launched in coming months.
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.