LONDON – Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea (V7) is gearing up to be one of the main protagonists of summer 2021 with cutting-edge managerial choices that demonstrate the carrier’s development toward being a point of reference in Italy and beyond.

According to Valeria Rebasti, Commercial Country Manager Italy & Southeastern Europe of V7, “one of the company’s strengths was to entirely change its network from international to domestic, managing to avoid economic losses and totaling one of the greatest load factors in the period of the pandemic.”

Volotea has bases in Greece, Spain, Italy, and France, with the latter two serving as the carrier’s strong points.

Volotea Airbus A319-111 reg. EC-MUT taxiing to take off at Naples International Airport (NAP). Photo: Marco Macca/Airways

Fleet Change

In January 2021, the airline completed the divestiture of the Boeing 717, making it the final operator of the aircraft in Europe. V7 has chosen the Airbus A320 as its successor to introduce new aircraft to its fleet. 

As a result, the airline has gone 100% Airbus, operating Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft and gaining a significant cost, operational, environmental, and reliability benefit, as well as boosting the number of seats accessible to consumers.

Valeria Rebasti told Airways that the Airbus A320 will be present in four of V7’s bases in Italy, which are the following: Venice, Naples, Verona, and Cagliari. In addition, an Airbus A320 is planned to land at the Nantes base in France.

Volotea Airbus A319-111 reg. EC-MUT on final at Naples International Airport (NAP). Photo: Marco Macca /Airways

Future Plans

Rebasti stated that from the current 15 Airbus A320s, V7 hopes to reach 19 aircraft by the end of 2021 and that with their arrival, the carrier will be able to offer medium-haul destinations in the future. In the meantime, V7 will be set to offer even more international flights this year than they were in 2020.

For the current year, the airline is looking for international traffic, and with the return of flights, it plans to improve its presence in Greece, which has always been a key market for V7, particularly during the summer months. In France, bookings to foreign destinations have resumed, but in Spain, an expanding market for V7, the airline is concentrating on domestic routes.

Volotea says it has faith in the immunization programs implemented by the European countries it serves, and the carrier expects the “green pass” will allow passengers to travel more freely within Europe.

Featured image: Volotea A320. Photo: Javier Rodriguez