Asturias, Spain - On May 7, The Spanish low-cost airline Volotea has announced the lease of six additional Airbus A319, which will bring the number of the aircraft to 36 in its fleet.
With this development, the budget carrier reaffirmed its goal to become an all-Airbus operator by 2022. The six Airbus A319 aircraft will be leased from different suppliers and will be operational by the summer of 2019 in addition to the 17 Boeing 717 and thirteen Airbus A319 that are already in service.
The arrival of the new planes in the fleet will allow Volotea to continue its strong growth with the addition of 41 new routes this year. As of the third quarter of the year, the airline will be flying to 80 destinations in 13 countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Morocco.
Additional routes, flight frequency, and capacity improvements have also been announced for 13 countries for the year of 2019, where Volotea operates. In particular, the budget airline will increase its operations in Greece and Spain, most popular summer destinations for European travelers.
Since the launch of its operations in April 2012, Volotea has transported more than 22 million passengers, including more than 6.5 million in 2018. The Spanish company is targeting to carry 7.5 million passengers this year.
Volotea currently has 12 bases across Europe - Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille, and Athens. The last three were added in 2018, and Cagliari base will be operational this year.