ATHENS - Volotea, the airline that connects medium-sized cities and European capitals, is warming up for the summer and announces another new international connection from Athens to the city of Lille, in France. This new route will be operated from July 12th with two flights per week on Tuesday and Saturday.
The launch of this new route shortens even more the distance between Greece and France: thanks to this new connection, all passengers departing from Athens will be able to visit the North of France and discover the wonders of the area, while more and more French passengers will be able to reach Athens directly from their hometown.
Volotea will thus connect Athens to 15 destinations over the summer: Bilbao (new route 2022), Bordeaux (new route 2022), Lille (new route 2022), Lyon, Marseille, Nantes (new route 2022), Strasbourg, Bari, Turin (new route 2022), Venice, Verona, Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini and Dubrovnik.
The airline will offer more around 570,000 seats (more than 200% vs 2021) from Athens airport, while it will offer more than 1.4 million seats to and from the entire Greece (+ 147% vs 2021).
"We are thrilled to announce the launch of this new international route at Athens Airport" said Valeria Rebasti, Country Manager Italy & Southeastern Europe of Volotea. "With our flights, it will be possible to reach yet another magical city, Lille, the capital of Haut de France, near the border with Belgium. A cultural hub and bustling university city. Old Lille, where most of the important attractions are located, is populated with handsome buildings from the 17th century with brick facades, along with baroque style and Dutch-influenced architecture. I really recommend its visit! Thanks to this new connection we are also supporting even further the relaunch of the tourism sector, which has been suffering a lot in the last few years".
Overall, in 2022 Volotea will operate with a fleet of 41 aircrafts and a growth in capacity of around 40% compared to 2019. The airline expects to transport between 9 and 9,5 million passengers in 2022, 32% more than the ones carried in 2019 when the airline reached its annual record of 7,6 million passengers.