Volotea to start Bologna – Olbia in July; we look at the carrier’s Italian ops
Showing both its confidence amid the coronavirus and its ability to take advantage of another opportunity following the cessation of a competitor, Volotea is to begin Bologna – Olbia, Sardinia, from 3 July. The new seasonal route – operating for less than four months – is now bookable on its website. Not surprisingly, over six in ten of Volotea’s seats on this 429-kilometre sector will operate in July and August.
|Routing||Start date||End date||Weekly frequency||Aircraft||Direct competition (WF)|
|Bologna – Olbia||3 July 2020||22 October||7*||A319||Alitalia (2)|
|*Reduces to three-weekly from 5 October and twice-weekly from 15 October. Sources: Volotea’s website and OAG Schedules Analyser.|
Bologna – Olbia has seen much turbulence
With an estimated 39,000 seats in 2020, Bologna – Olbia has seen much turbulence in the past few years as a result of the end of both Meridiana and then its successor, Air Italy. Air Italy, which was 49% owned by Qatar Airways, ended Bologna – Olbia in October 2019 ahead of the carrier’s full cessation earlier this year.
Bologna is Volotea’s 21st airport in Italy
Italy is – and will always be – a crucial part of Volotea’s operations. And even as its seats to, from, and within the country fall past half of its total, its lowest ever, Italy is still its largest country. This is clearly aided by two-thirds of its Italian seats being deployed domestically. Bologna is a new airport for Volotea and its 21st in the country.
Olbia is now Volotea’s eighth-largest Italian airport
Of Volotea’s 21 Italian airports, Olbia is now eighth with 406,500 seats, in-between Bari (424,600) and Genoa (394,000). Volotea’s 38% YOY growth in seats to and from Olbia is the result of four new routes including Bologna that are bookable for this summer: Ancona (12 June – 2nd October, mainly twice-weekly), Marseille (12 June – 2 October, once-weekly), and Pisa (29 May – 4 October, three-weekly). Additionally this year, Volotea has grown capacity significantly from Olbia to Bergamo (+291%, +7,372 seats) and Naples (+55%, +7,069 seats).