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Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 5:08 pm

Among the current air apocalypse, some positive news. Volotea is launching 15 new routes starting in July 2020. All but two involve the Balearic Islands. No press release yet but those routes are already bookable.

- Alicante to IBZ, MAH and PMI
- Bilbao to CDT and VLC
- Granada to IBZ and MAH
- Málaga to MAH
- Santiago de Compostela to IBZ and MAH
- Seville to MAH
- Valencia to MAH and PMI
- Zaragoza to IBZ and MAH

https://www.europapress.es/turismo/tran ... 70636.html

Volotea anuncia una nueva ruta aérea de Sevilla a Menorca a partir del día 3 de julio y desde 9 euros
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 5:23 pm

Aren't flights to the Balearic Islands subsidised by the Spanish government?
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 5:37 pm

mxaxai wrote:
Aren't flights to the Balearic Islands subsidised by the Spanish government?


The Spanish government pays 75% of the flight for residents in the Balearic & Canary Islands from their region to the rest of Spain. So in a 60 euro ticket Alicante-Mallorca, a resident of Mallorca pays 15 EUR and a resident of Alicante pays 60 EUR.

Those routes involve mostly Ibiza and Menorca which have a very small population (about 80% of population in the Balearic Islands live in Mallorca). But those routes are a product of COVID. This summer Menorca and Ibiza are going to be a ghost town so they are trying to lure some Spanish domestic tourism. With the added bonus that Ibiza and Menorca are on a regular year very expensive for many Spanish tourists, but this year they could be enjoyed with a heavy discount.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 7:22 pm

The routes make sense to me. I could see Spaniards heading over to the Baleares this summer if things are cheaper on the islands, which, due to likely low demand from the (normally) wealthier German and British tourists could well be the case.

On a separate note I would have really liked an ALC-IBZ flight on Volotea back when I lived in Murcia. I'm fairly certain I would have taken advantage of it at some point if the fares were well-priced.
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 7:52 pm

Makes sense. As tourists from the UK, Germany and the rest of Europe are discouraged from heading to Spain this summer, Volotea is taking advantage of the similarly captive Spanish domestic market.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 9:44 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
All but two involve the Balearic Islands.


One of them is a French domestic, Montpellier (MPL) to Figari (FSC) - its 3rd destination in Corsica.

https://www.midilibre.fr/2020/05/20/mon ... 896296.php

I guess this service might happen on Friday or Saturday. Once or twice a week...
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 9:51 pm

Volotea is also adding Caen CFR to Nice NCE , twice a week from July to October. This is Volotea 7th destination served from Caen
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 10:07 pm

continental004 wrote:
Makes sense. As tourists from the UK, Germany and the rest of Europe are discouraged from heading to Spain this summer, Volotea is taking advantage of the similarly captive Spanish domestic market.

I hope the spanish people will take the chance to visit their islands !
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 10:12 pm

I've heard they're due to open bases in TFS and LPA next year with ACE potentially following in 2022. Don't know how accurate it is but good luck to them! With the loss of MON, GMI, TCX etc along with Ryanair's regular tantrums, I believe there is certainly a gap that needs filling in the market, particularly to the UK as at the moment BY & LS have too much of a monopoly imo.
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 10:17 pm

airlittoralguy wrote:
Volotea is also adding Caen CFR to Nice NCE , twice a week from July to October. This is Volotea 7th destination served from Caen


You are right. It looks indeed like they are applying the same "domestic boost" to islands/southern coast in France and Italy. Some new loaded routes are:

France:

- Beauvais to BIA
- Brest to NCE
- Caen to NCE
- Lille to BIQ and PGF
- Lyon to AJA, BIA and FSC
- Montpellier to FSC
- Rennes to AJA, BIA, BIQ and FSC
- Strasbourg to BIQ

Italy:

- Pescara to OLB
- Trieste to OLB, PMO and SUF
- Turin to AHO, CTA and SUF
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 10:23 pm

Competition is most urgently needed, after IAG decision to take over AirEuropa! Hope VOLOTEA will stand ground in the domestic market!
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 10:35 pm

CWL757 wrote:
I've heard they're due to open bases in TFS and LPA next year with ACE potentially following in 2022. Don't know how accurate it is but good luck to them! With the loss of MON, GMI, TCX etc along with Ryanair's regular tantrums, I believe there is certainly a gap that needs filling in the market, particularly to the UK as at the moment BY & LS have too much of a monopoly imo.


I feel Volotea will do well in the post-COVID world and they will grow to become a more relevant regional player. Like in every crisis there will be losers (bankrupcties) but also it will be the chance to some airlines to grow. I bet the biggest winner in Europe will be Wizz Air; it could be their opportunity to blossom in Western Europe.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 11:47 pm

How come BIO to CDT and VLC? They are both in the same vicinity and serving the same region. Strange strategy as they also fly to MRS from CDT while flying to over 6 destinations from VLC. Wonder if it has to do with slot times or threatning AENA to lower prices at VLC otherwise they will move to CDT (which is one of the few privately owned airports in Spain, owned by a Canadian company).
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Thu May 21, 2020 4:59 am

Is this related to the slots/routes that IB/UX were in discussions to transfer to Volotea in preparation for the merger? There were some articles that suggested Volotea opening four new bases in Spain.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Thu May 21, 2020 5:31 am

Would like to see Volotea attempt service from Clermont-Ferrand, which is also close to Vichy. CFE lacks direct service to southern France, and train connections are no longer as plentiful they used to be. It can take over seven hours and two connections to travel from Clermont-Ferrand to Nice Ville by train, a distance of only 247nm.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Thu May 21, 2020 6:20 am

lesfalls wrote:
How come BIO to CDT and VLC? They are both in the same vicinity and serving the same region. Strange strategy as they also fly to MRS from CDT while flying to over 6 destinations from VLC. Wonder if it has to do with slot times or threatning AENA to lower prices at VLC otherwise they will move to CDT (which is one of the few privately owned airports in Spain, owned by a Canadian company).


It seems CDT-BIO is subsidised and it substitutes the planned CDT-MRS which will not operate this summer.

As for VLC-BIO those are two of the largest cities in Spain. The route is currently flown also by Air Nostrum and Vueling.

onwFan wrote:
Is this related to the slots/routes that IB/UX were in discussions to transfer to Volotea in preparation for the merger?.


No. It is also not clear that this merger will happen anyway.
 
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Thu May 21, 2020 6:42 am

Volotea didn't refund my cancelled flight in March, nice to know they have enough money for expansion but not enough to pay back customers few dozens Euros for cancelled flights.
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Re: Volotea announces 15 new routes for Summer 2020

Thu May 21, 2020 8:03 am

It's interesting to notice that Volotea didnt make any statement during the lockdown over Spain/Italy/France, the 3 biggest markets of Volotea.

Is their employment model is such flexible ? (A la Ryanair)

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