Put in place in the beginning of April, the curfew at Nantes Atlantique airport prohibits planes from taking off or touchdown in Nantes between midnight and 6 a.m. Seven months later, it’s not always the case
. This Wednesday, an important airline at Nantes airport, Volotea, ensures that respecting the curfew is “an absolute precedence”.
“Earlier than, we had greater than 800 flights after midnight, we’ve got decreased to simply over 100 right now.” – Carlos Muños, CEO of Volotea
The low-cost Spanish airline desires to point out his good will. “I wish to emphasize that the development is already large between 2021 and 2022insists the CEO of Volotea, Carlos Muños. Earlier than, we had greater than 800 flights after midnight, we’ve got decreased to simply over 100 right now. There may be nonetheless work to be performed, we all know it is extremely essential for the standard of lifetime of native residents. So we’re dedicated with all of the native authorities and with the airport to work additional, and to enhance the half that continues to be. In accordance with the corporate, nearly all of its curfew violations (67%) are linked to exterior causes (equivalent to visitors congestion) or climate situations, and 80% of delays after midnight are lower than 30 minutes.
Landings at 10:55 p.m. on the newest
For the curfew to be revered as a lot as attainable subsequent 12 months, virtually all Volotea flights will likely be scheduled to land no later than 10:55 p.m. in Nantes, continues CEO Carlos Muños. “Volotea will do the whole lot to maintain it distinctive [le non-respect du couvre-feu]. It is true that it is an trade that causes delays, typically associated to air visitors management, or the climate, amongst different issues, however we’ve got introduced the arrival of all our flights even additional ahead to ensure that there may be sufficient time. to make up for issues like that.” In 2023, solely three flights per week will stay scheduled for touchdown at 11:15 p.m. (as an alternative of 10:55 p.m.) out of 350 to 400 weekly flights.
Volotea’s largest airbase
In 2023, Volotea intends to additional broaden its provide to and from Nantes, with practically 2 million seats out there on 10,000 flights. Figures up 56% in comparison with pre-Covid in 2019. The airline will serve a complete of 46 locations in ten European nations. From subsequent spring, and it is a novelty, from Nantes Volotea passengers will have the ability to fly to Copenhagen, Milan, Florence, Catania (Sicily) and even Varna (Bulgaria). Nantes airport is a historic base for Volotea because it was created ten years in the past, within the wake of the creation of the Spanish firm. It’s also its largest air base with 250 workers (greater than 500 oblique jobs) and a fleet of eight plane.