In 2024, Volotea will offer a total capacity of 1.1 million seats in Lyon and up to 40 destinations.
More than ever, Volotea crisscrosses the territory of the French province. In one of Air France’s regional strongholds, the Spanish low-cost airline is further strengthening its presence and has just announced the opening of eight new destinations. Initially, Volotea will open from April 2024 routes to Oslo (2 flights per week), Naples (2 flights per week), Rhodes (1 flight per week) and Marrakech (2 flights per week) and will add four new routes in the coming weeks.
Lyon, Volotea’s third European base
Building on excellent performance since the start of 2023, the airline plans for 2024 the highest capacity in its history in Lyon with nearly 1.1 seats and 6,300 flights. Volotea is the second airline at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport in terms of destinations and seats. To support its growth, the company will rely in particular on an additional Airbus A320, making three aircraft based in total. Lyon will thus be Volotea’s third base in Europe in terms of seats, two years after its opening.
France, Volotea’s first market
The year 2023 was marked by strong growth for Volotea in Lyon, with 771,000 seats offered (capacity multiplied by 5 compared to 2019 and growth of 65% compared to 2022), with a total of 32 destinations offered. The Spanish low-cost airline has experienced an average occupancy rate of 99% over the last five years. The 2023 summer season (June to August) was also impressive with a total of 254,000 seats offered (+348% compared to summer 2019 and +31% compared to 2022) and an average occupancy rate of 92% on the 1,400 flights operated.
France is Volotea’s largest market, with 60% of its activity. By the end of the year, the Spanish airline will have offered a seat offering of nearly 6.5 million seats. To and from France, Volotea offers a total of 246 routes, almost half of which are exclusive and 61 are domestic.