Volotea to offer 600,000 seats and 18 routes in Bilbao in 2023

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Spanish airline Volotea announced Wednesday its operational forecasts and outlook for the coming year from Bilbao Airport. In 2023, the company will make available to its customers a historic offer of 600,000 seats, 111% more than at pre-covid levels in 2019 and 21% more compared to 2022. In turn, it will operate nearly 4,000 flights to domestic and international destinations. In total, the airline will offer 18 routes; the highest number of connections since it began operations in 2012.

In addition to the routes already announced a few weeks ago to Florence, Rome and Marrakech, Volotea announced two new exclusive routes that will link from Bilbao Airport with two European cities: Faro and Santorini. In the case of the connection to Portugal, from May 28, the airline will offer about 12,000 seats with a frequency of two flights a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays (Thursdays and Sundays during the months of July and August). The new route to Santorini Airport (Thira), which will offer more than 6,200 seats, will start operating on May 26 with a frequency of one flight a week, on Fridays.

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With the addition of these five new international routes, Volotea will offer connections to 18 destinations (A Coruña, Alicante, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Florence, Rome, Cagliari, Naples, Venice, Faro, Porto, Athens and Santorini) and consolidates its position as the second airline that offers more destinations from this airport.

On the other hand, the base will incorporate a new aircraft: the number of fixed-wing aircraft will be increased to two and they will be Airbus A319, with a capacity of 156 seats. Thus, the Bilbao base will increase its staff and will employ 114 people directly and 230 indirectly.

Taking into account the offer for 2023, the company expects to reach the figure of 2 million passengers carried in Bilbao since operations began in 2012.

Gabriel Schmilovich Isgut, Volotea’s Chief Strategy Officer has expressed his satisfaction with the company’s continuous increase of flights and connections since its birth in 2011 and in particular, after the impact of Covid-19: “It is very satisfying to announce, a historic offer of seats, flights and routes from our base at Bilbao Airport. These forecasts for 2023 underpin our commitment to the continued development of the region.” Schmilovich Isgut added: “There is a high demand for connectivity between small and medium-sized cities in Europe and Spain. Bilbao has great potential.