Like many French travellers, regulars on the Caen terminal have discovered to acknowledge the checkered livery that blocks the tail fin of Volotea planes. Landed in 2014, in order that Normandy “ now not be forgotten by the event of low price within the shadow of the Paris area », the Spanish firm first examined the waters as it’s used to. It launched into this cautiously, beginning with two seasonal connections to Corsica.
« On the time, it was a daring guessremembers Maryline Haize Hagron, director of the platform. She was barely three years outdated and most prospects have been scratching her title. ».
Seven years later, Volotea, which has doubled its provide of seats on the French market this 12 months, has the Cassandra lie who didn’t give very a lot of its technique. On the Norman tarmac, its development is commensurate. Of the ten routes obtainable, it now operates seven (quickly to be eight) to Marseille, Toulouse, Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari and for a couple of weeks to Good and Montpellier. A improvement in step with the said want of its leaders to ” join the main regional capitals ».
From April, it’s going to even afford the posh of competing with Hop! on its historic hyperlink to the hub Lyon with two weekly flights introduced from 29 euros. ” This can create emulation between the 2 corporations and improve the variety of doable matches. “, welcomes prematurely Manuel Le Roux, president of the Chamber of Commerce and delegate of the airport.
The Spanish jersey takes the lead
Because of this improve in frequencies, the low price Hispanic did higher than digest the air pocket of 2020. In Caen, she is basically answerable for the great outcomes ” larger than anticipated » recorded by the platform final 12 months following a powerful rebound in the summertime and through the winter holidays. With some 157,00zero passengers (+ 54%), it has change into its first contributor far forward of the Air France subsidiary, whose attendance has skilled a lesser improve (68,00zero passengers + 18%) regardless of the opening of a brand new line to Biarritz.
« That is the primary time that Volotea has taken the lead. We will converse of an amazing success story commented Maryline Haize Hagron. Which begins to hope – with out seeming to imagine an excessive amount of – that the Caen airport can change into the ninth French base of the low-cost firm after that of Lille introduced for subsequent April. ” A primarily based plane would create thirty or forty jobs and guarantee departures to Marseille earlier within the morning “, she underlines.
Within the meantime, it’s on the neighboring airport of Deauville, convalescent after a drastic drop in its attendance in 2020 (greater than 90%), that the Spanish brings excellent news. Along with its seasonal connection to Palma de Mallorca in Spain, it’s going to supply two different weekly locations there within the spring to Palermo in Sicily (April 15) and Olbia in Sardinia (Might 10), two cities the place it has bases. ” With these new connections, the airline of European regional capitals provides its Normandy prospects direct entry to those standard islands in southern Italy. “, she boasts in a press launch.
Sufficient to place somewhat balm within the coronary heart of the joint union which manages the platform of the flowered coast. A little bit solely as a result of regardless of the 30,00zero seats promised by Volotea, it anticipates a halving of the variety of its passengers this 12 months in comparison with 2019.