MIAMI — Low-cost European carrier Volotea has reached the 9 million passenger mark since its incorporation.

In a press release, the company informed that the mark was reached in a flight from Verona to Bari in Italy, and the passenger —and her parents— were awarded with free flights to all Volotea destinations from Verona for one year.

“We are very pleased to celebrate our 9 millionth passenger,” said Carlos Muñoz, CEO, Volotea. “We are honored by the welcome we have received from our Italian passengers, especially in Verona, which is one of our latest bases.”

Launched in 2012, Volotea has experienced a major expansion of its network throughout Europe. The carrier is specialized in connecting small and medium-sized European cities with direct flights, on routes where connecting via a hub was previously the only option available to travelers.

The carrier has also experienced a major and aggressive expansion, with two bases opened in 2012 (Venice and Nantes) it expanded to seven in 2015 (Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias and Verona), and opened its 8th base in Toulouse last March. In 2017, the airline will launch the ninth base in Genoa, Italy.

Volotea transported 2.5 million passengers in 2015, and forecasts between 3.3 and 3.5 million passengers in 2016. The carrier also expects to reach the 10-million passenger mark by the end of the year.