Two thirds of all new passengers travelling from Bordeaux Merignac airport in 2013 flew with Volotea. A total of 82,000 passengers travelled with the budget carrier between June and August, with flights now jetting off from Bordeaux to 14 destinations.
Corsica remains Volotea’s most popular destination, with daily flights to Bastia and Ajaccio throughout the summer, followed by regular services all year round and a busy schedule of extra flights around the Christmas holidays. This summer alone, 31,000 passengers travelled to the island with Volotea.
Italy is another of Volotea’s specialties, not least Venice. Over the three months of the summer season, Volotea ran regular services to Venice, Florence, Olbia and Palermo. All in all 19,000 passenger chose Italy for their summer holidays. The Venice connection will run throughout the winter, as well as flights to Florence over the Christmas period.
Sun and snow
Strasbourg will continue to feature in Volotea’s winter flight schedule, which runs until April 2014, again with more frequent services in December. Slowly but steadily, Strasbourg is becoming one of Volotea’s most popular destinations from Bordeaux: 28,000 passengers have travelled on this route since its launch in October 2012.
Munich is now firmly established as a prime city break destination. Since the Bordeaux-Munich route launched in May, over 4000 passengers have made the short trip to the Bavarian capital. Volotea will be running a special Munich service over the Christmas holidays.
And for those heading off to the Alps for a spot of skiing, Grenoble is a quick and inexpensive gateway to the pistes – flights start on 21st December.
Weekly flights to Tenerife will also launch in December, running every Saturday.
Almost 2000 flights this summer
Over the extended summer period (April-October), Volotea ran 1878 flights from Bordeaux – a total of 235,000 seats, more than twice the number of seats available in the same period in 2012.
These excellent results are testament to the wisdom of Volotea’s strategy: a winning mix of European capitals and regional highlights. This network of regular connections to regional capitals such as Florence and Palermo is a first for Bordeaux, and the fact that Volotea offers services to no fewer than 8 new international destinations has made the company one of the principal drivers of growth at Bordeaux Airport.
14 destinations available from Bordeaux
France: Ajaccio, Bastia, Lille, Strasbourg, Toulon, Grenoble
Spain: Ibiza, Malaga, Tenerife
Italy: Florence, Olbia, Palermo, Venice
Volotea offers low cost direct flights between Europe’s regional and national capitals. Volotea was founded by Chief Executive Carlos Muñoz and Managing Director Lázaro Ros, who previously established Vueling Airlines and helped guide the company to its current position as Europe’s third largest budget airline (in terms of passenger numbers).
Volotea now offers flights between 50 destinations all over Europe. The inaugural flight took off on 5th April 2012 from Venice’s Marco Polo airport, home of the company’s first base. The first French base soon followed, opening in Nantes on 1st June 2012. In 2013 Volotea has continued its rapid development, opening new bases in Palermo and Bordeaux. The Volotea fleet now boasts fifteen 125-seater Boeing 717 planes – www.volotea.com