Volotea announces Athens growth plans: Three new routes and record seat capacity for 2024

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ATHENS – Volotea has shared its strong 2023 performance and ambitious plans for 2024 in Athens. Looking ahead to the next year, the company is set to offer a historic capacity of over 835,000 seats, reflecting a 23% growth from 2023 and a substantial 142% increase compared to 2018, when it first opened the Greek base.

The airline also plans to add three new routes from Athens Airport, including new international connections to Naples, Split, and Brest, with the latter recently announced as Volotea’s 20th operational base.

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From left to right: Eleni Mitraki, Head of Tourism Promotion, GNTO, Valeria Rebasti, International Market Director Italy, Greece, Germany & Southeastern Europe of Volotea, and Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director of Communication & Marketing, AIA

In 2024, Volotea will expand its offering to include 20 routes departing from Athens Airport, connecting the city and travelers to five European countries. The airline will continue to provide direct access to popular destinations like Bilbao, Bordeaux, Bari, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Verona while adding three new routes to further enhance connectivity. The new routes will link Athens Airport with Naples, where it will offer more than 23,600 seats on 132 flights, with two weekly frequencies, on Thursdays and Sundays; Split, with an offer of approximately 12,850 seats on 148 flights, with two weekly frequencies, on Wednesday and Sundays; and Brest, making available over 20,000 seats on more than 100 flights, with two weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The airline will maintain its fleet of two aircraft at the base, ensuring stable local job
opportunities with a staff of 80 direct employees and over 450 indirect employees for the upcoming year.

The company also reviewed its 2023 performance, marking its fifth anniversary as a base in Athens. During this milestone year, Volotea celebrated reaching the 2 million passenger mark in August since starting operations at the airport in 2015. From January to October this year, Volotea has operated over 4,200 flights from Athens, a 32% increase compared to the same period in the previous year, including new connections to Toulouse and Cagliari. During this ten-month period, Volotea has transported approximately 600,000 passengers to and from Athens, marking a 20% increase compared to the previous year and an impressive 99% growth compared to 2018, when the company first established its Greek base. In addition, the airline’s year-to-date occupancy rate of 95% at Athens Airport reflects the operation's success and the trust travelers have in Volotea as a preferred airline, further underscored by the company’s customer recommendation rate, which exceeds 90%, particularly among members of its loyalty program, Megavolotea.

“As we celebrate five years since the opening of our Athens base and reflect on our successful 2023 performance, we are thrilled to share our ambitious plans for 2024. With a historic capacity offer of over 835,000 seats and the introduction of three new routes, we are positioned for further growth, solidifying our presence and impact in the region. Our commitment extends beyond flights; we are dedicated to creating opportunities and fostering local talent, which is why we are happy to confirm that we will maintain our two aircraft at the base. We extend our thanks to Athens Airport and our dedicated local staff for their support throughout this year. Looking ahead to 2024, we are excited to continue connecting even more passengers from Athens to exciting new destinations at competitive prices,” said Valeria Rebasti, International Market Director Italy, Greece, Germany & Southeastern Europe of Volotea

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