Not one, but two Santas saw off passengers travelling on Volotea’s inaugural flight from Verona to Bari on 20 December. Cutting the cake during the launch event were Carmine Bassetti, Catullo Spa's GM; and Valeria Rebasti, Volotea's Commercial Country Manager Italy.
Volotea’s inaugural departure from Catania in Sicily was given the traditional water cannon send-off by the airport’s fire brigade.
- Volotea started flying on the route from Verona (VRN) in northern Italy, to Bari (BRI) on the country’s Adriatic Sea coast, on 20 December. Four-weekly services will depart on the 700-kilometre domestic route. On the same day, the airline commenced five-weekly flights from Venice (VCE) to Catania (CTA). In addition, on 22 December Volotea launched operations on two routes from Nantes (NTE), where it now offers a total of six destinations. Year-round weekly service to Tenerife Sur is now in operation, as well as twice-weekly seasonal flights to Grenoble (GNB) in southeastern France, which are scheduled to terminate in mid-March. Volotea is the sole operator on all of the routes.