Volotea wins tender to operate 6 routes in Sardinia.

Volotea will operate a total of six routes connecting Sardinia to the mainland for at least seven months. Flights will start this Friday, October 15th until May 14th, 2022. The company will connect Cagliari, Olbia, and Alghero with Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate airports. Volotea will open its third Sardinian base in Alghero, in addition to the Cagliari and Olbia bases.

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Today, the regional government of Sardinia announced that Volotea has been awarded with the tender to operate six routes: Alghero – Rome Fiumicino, Alghero – Milan Linate, Cagliari – Rome Fiumicino, Cagliari – Milan Linate, Olbia – Rome Fiumicino and Olbia – Milan Linate. The airline will operate these flights until May 2022 with a greater frequency in October, November, and December.

The regional government of Sardinia launched an urgent tender to replace Alitalia on territorial continuity routes to mainland Italy once this airline goes out of business on October 14th, 2021. A large part of the flights abandoned by Alitalia will be taken over by ITA, the new airline of Italy. However, there were many uncovered routes, including these to/from Sardinia. Twelve airlines operating in Italy were invited to participate in the tender for the award of the service in the agreement of air connections from the 3 airports of Sardinia (Alghero, Olbia, Cagliari) to Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate, in a public service obligation known in the country as territorial continuity.

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After being unfairly excluded from the first tender, Volotea felt compelled to improve its offer to ensure the operation of the routes, presenting again the best offer. The airline has been chosen to operate the six routes for territorial continuity between the three island airports and the hubs of Rome and Milan.

“We are very satisfied with the result of this tender. Our interest in this region has been demonstrated throughout all these years of presence in Sardinia. We have carried more than 1,5 million of passengers from Cagliari and more than 2 million from Olbia since 2012. These new six routes are a great opportunity for continuing with our objective of growth in this region. This demonstrates our commitment to the Sardinian market and its people, and to our many employees based there, who will be serving these routes.” said Carlos Munoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.

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