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Volotea inaugurates its 20th base at Brest Bretagne Airport

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The airline strengthens its leadership in domestic connectivity across France, particularly enhancing connectivity in Brittany, with the establishment of its ninth base in the country, offering 18 routes and 355,000 seats.

BREST – Volotea, the airline connecting small and medium-sized European cities, continues its strategic expansion in France by announcing the official opening of its base at Brest Bretagne Airport during a local press conference last Wednesday, April 18th. This marks the airline’s 20th base in its network and the 9th in the French market.

After over a decade of operating in Brest, Volotea now offers travelers from the region a choice of 18 destinations to five countries: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. This year, the airline is set to reach a milestone, offering its largest-ever capacity from the airport with over 355,000 seats available – a 188% increase from 2023. Notably, 35% of these seats are dedicated to island routes, further strengthening essential links between the islands and the European mainland.

Since 2013, the airline has carried around 700,000 passengers to and from Brest Bretagne Airport and recorded a 90% seat load factor on its flights to and from the region, proving the relevance of its route offer and the confidence of passengers in its services. To support this growth, Volotea has based an Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport and created around 30 direct and nearly 170 indirect jobs, enabling it to play an important economic and social role in the region.

“The opening of our base in Brest, the 9th in France and 20th in Europe, is much more than an expansion; it’s a testimony to our commitment to the connectivity, attractiveness, and dynamic nature of the Brest area, located at the tip of Brittany. Since our creation, we’ve been working to build bridges between regional capitals in France and Europe. Now, more than a decade since our operations in the region started, Brest has become an essential link in this chain. This opening represents not only an opportunity for our passengers but also a catalyst for local economic development, creating jobs and boosting tourism in the region. We are proud of this anchorage and the significant growth of our offer at the airport. We are honored to strengthen our partnership with the region, and extend our thanks to Brest Airport for its trust. Together, we are opening up new avenues of connectivity for Brest and its inhabitants, and we share the vision of offering the world to the people of Brittany,” said Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.

“This is a historic event for Brest Airport and Brittany, which will enable the region to expand its international influence. Our motto, “Offering the world to Bretons and Brittany to the world,” takes on its full meaning with this achievement. Thank you to Volotea for supporting us in this endeavor,” added Claude Arphexad, Director of Brest Bretagne Airport.

By opening this new base, Volotea strengthens its presence at the airport and reaffirms its role as the leader in domestic connectivity in France, its largest market. With 60% of its operations based in France, the airline offers more than 270 routes, 55% of which face no competition. Volotea intends to continue to play an important economic and social role in France across its nine bases (Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Lourdes, and Brest), supporting over 900 direct jobs this year.

Globally, for 2024, Volotea estimates it will reach 450 routes and expects to offer between 12.5 and 13 million seats, representing an increase of 12% to 16% compared to 2023. The airline also expects to carry 12 million passengers and operate around 80,000 flights.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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