Last updated
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2011;10 years ago (2011)
Commenced operationsMarch 2012 (2012-03) [1]
Operating bases
Fleet size27
Headquarters Asturias Airport, Castrillón, Spain (registered office)
Key people
  • Carlos Muñoz, CEO
  • Lázaro Ros, CEO
Website volotea.com

Volotea [bo.loˈte.a] is a Spanish low-cost airline registered in Castrillón, Spain with bases in Spain, Italy, France and Greece.



Volotea was established by Alaeo S.L. from Barcelona, a company created by former Vueling founders, Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros. The name "Volotea" originates from the Spanish verb "revolotear," meaning "to fly around." [2] It commenced operations on 5 April 2012, from Venice Marco Polo Airport. [3]

The company is backed by three private-equity funds, two of them from Europe (Axis Participaciones Empresariales and Corpfin Capital) and a third from the United States (CCMP Capital), whose chairman, Greg Brenneman, was one-time President and COO of the US airline Continental Airlines, [4] and also chairs Volotea's board. The company raised over €50m before operations began. [5] US CCMP Capital Partners holds 49% of voting rights; Axis and Corpfin Capital 25%; and Muñoz and Ros 26% along with relatives: this ownership has existed since foundation, but it could change before an initial public offering before 2021-2022. [6]

After studying the Bombardier CRJ1000 and the Embraer E-195 in 2011, Volotea selected the Boeing 717 after Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran and replaced its 717 fleet. [6] Boeing announced on 15 February 2012 that it had signed a long-term lease deal with Volotea for an undisclosed number of Boeing 717 aircraft. [7] In March 2015, it was announced that Volotea would receive a further four 717s from Blue1. [8] However, in November 2015, Volotea announced plans to phase out its 717 fleet over the next few years and replace it with Airbus A320 family aircraft. [9]

Volotea opened 90 routes in its first year, of which 40 were closed within two years; it operated almost 300 routes in summer 2018 including 220 openings, and this could double to at least 500-600 across Europe. Volotea has been profitable since 2014, a turnover of €360 million ($431 million) is expected in 2018 after $347M in 2017, carrying 5.7 to 6 million passengers, 50% being leisure travellers, 35% visiting friends and relatives, and 15% business travellers. [6]

Due to the 2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis, in 2017 Volotea changed the headquarters to Asturias Airport, Castrillon, Asturias, Spain. [10] As of June 2018, the airline has carried 18 million passengers since beginning operations in 2012. [11]

In January 2021, Volotea retired their last of formerly 19 Boeing 717-200s as the sole European operator of the type. [12]

In March 2021, a new route to Gibraltar from Bilbao was announced. Flights commence in July. Only Iberia Andaluz & GB Airways provided flights from Gibraltar to Spain.


Volotea Airbus A319-100 Volotea Airbus A319-112 EI-FMT.jpg
Volotea Airbus A319-100
A now retired former Volotea Boeing 717-200 Boeing 717-2BL, Volotea Airlines JP7674151.jpg
A now retired former Volotea Boeing 717-200

The focus of Volotea's route network is on destinations around the European side of the Mediterranean coast as well as Western and Southern Europe. As of May 2018, Volotea serves metropolitan and leisure destinations mainly in Spain, France, Italy and Greece with destinations in Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal. [13] Volotea served its first African destination (Tangier, Morocco) on 5 April 2019. [14]


Current fleet

As of June 2021, the Volotea fleet consists of the following aircraft: [15]

Volotea fleet
AircraftIn serviceOrdersPassengersNotes
Airbus A319-100 205156
Airbus A320-200 78180

Historical fleet

Former fleet
Boeing 717-200 19All retired in January 2021 [12]

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