20 JUNE 2016

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Article from BTNews 20 JUNE 2016

Southampton welcome for Volotea

Spanish carrier Volotea, which was founded in 2011 to serve small and mid‐sized cities around Europe, has started operations between Southampton Airport and Majorca.

Flights are running twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Airport managing director Dave Lees said Southampton was delighted to be the first UK airport to provide a scheduled service with Volotea. 

“The flights to Palma are excellent news for people with second homes in Majorca, those joining yachts or cruise ships in the Mediterranean or those looking for independent holidays.”

Volotea has a fleet of 19 Boeing 717s, in a one-class configuration of 125 seats. The company made its first flight on 5 April 2012 from Venice‐Marco Polo Airport. 

The airline was set up by Barcelona-based company Alaeo, created by former Vueling founders Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros and began operations on 5 April 2012, from Venice-Marco Polo Airport.

It is backed by three private-equity funds, two from Europe and a third, CCMP Capital, from the US. CCMP’s chairman is Greg Brenneman, one-time president and COO of Continental Airlines, who now chairs Volotea's board.

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