Volotea out to shake-up Venice market starting in April; plans to be #1 at Marco Polo by end of summer

Celebrating the arrival of Volotea’s 717 at the start-up airline’s Venice base by cutting the tricolore ribbon were Roberto Panciera, Venice Tourism Councillor; Enrico Marchi, chairman Venice Airport (SAVE); and Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s founder and CEO.

A new regional airline has been announced that plans to link Europe’s small and mid-sized airports, starting from 5 April (just before Easter) with the Venice Marco Polo market. Volotea, which is based in Barcelona and whose start-up management team features a number of former Vueling employees, will initially operate two 717s in a single-class 125-seat configuration, increasing to four for the peak summer season. Competition at Marco Polo (and from nearby Venice Treviso) is limited mostly to the airline’s planned domestic routes.

Destination Competition from

Venice Marco Polo (VCE)

Competition from

Venice Treviso (TSF)

Brindisi (BDS) Alitalia (3) Ryanair (4)
Cagliari (CAG) Alitalia (7) Ryanair (5)
Olbia (OLB) Alitalia (7), Meridianafly (6)
Palermo (PMO) Alitalia (14) Ryanair (7)
Reggio Calabria (REG) Alitalia (3)
Alicante (ALC)
Bilbao (BIO)
Bordeaux (BOD)
Budapest (BUD) Ryanair (3)
Krakow (KRK)
Malaga (AGP) Ryanair (2)
Porto (OPO)
Thessaloniki (SKG)
Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)
Source: Volotea, OAG Max Online for w/c 2 July 2012

The Bilbao route was briefly served by Air Europa in 2007, while Spanair flew the Malaga route for a few months in 2008. Italian LCC MyAir operated the Bordeaux route in 2007 and 2008, while the Budapest route has also been served in the past by Malev (1994-1996 and 2001-2009), Alpi Eagles (in 2004), SkyEurope (2004-2007) and Carpatair.

Four aircraft and 160 weekly flights by August

By mid-summer, the airline plans to serve 24 destinations and become the leading airline at Venice Marco Polo in terms of destinations served, of which 80% will be new routes according to the airline. The number of weekly flights will grow from 90 per week in April to 160 in August, while the number of weekly seats will increase from 11,250 to some 20,000 during the same period.

According to OAG data for July, the leading airlines at Venice Marco Polo this summer will be Alitalia (17% of weekly seat capacity), easyJet (13%), Lufthansa (9%), Air France (7%), and Air One (5%). easyJet serves 14 destinations, while Alitalia (which serves 10 domestic destinations) and its subsidiary Air One (which serves nine international destinations) serve a total of 19 destinations when combined.


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