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Volotea out to shake-up Venice market

3 March 2012

A new regional airline has been announced that plans to link Europe’s small and mid-sized airports, starting from 5 April (just before Easter) with the Venice Marco Polo market. Volotea, which is based in Barcelona and whose start-up management team features a number of former Vueling employees, will initially operate two 717s in a single-class 125-seat configuration, increasing to four for the peak summer season.

By mid-summer, the airline plans to serve 24 destinations and become the leading airline at Venice Marco Polo in terms of destinations served, of which 80% will be new routes according to the airline. The number of weekly flights will grow from 90 per week in April to 160 in August, while the number of weekly seats will increase from 11,250 to some 20,000 during the same period.


New Spanish airline Volotea to launch flights this April

21 February 2012

Based in Spanair’s former home of Barcelona, Volotea ” derived from the Spanish verb “‘revolotear’” meaning “‘to fly around’” ” is being launched by two men with solid experience in the Spanish low-cost carrier biz: Carlos Munoz and Lazaro Ros, co-founders of Vueling Airlines. With the help of private equity firms, Munoz and Ros have secured about $65 million (€50 million) in capital for Volotea. Up to 20 former Spanair employees may be brought on as the airline staffs up.