Barcelona-based regional low-cost airline Volotea has announced a commercial agreement with Lufthansa-owned carrier Eurowings.
The two airlines will codeshare on 140 European routes and will distribute tickets on each other’s networks through their respective commercial channels.
Volotea has also announced an expansion of its German network, with the launch of eight new routes linking four German cities – Berlin (BER), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM) and Stuttgart (STR) – to destinations in France (Bordeaux, Lyon and Nantes) and Italy (Florence and Verona).
Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s CEO, explained the willingness for this agreement to become a long-term partnership. Eurowings CEO, Jens Bischof also expressed the German company’s interest in expanding into southern European markets where Volotea has a strong presence.
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros (the pair had also founded Vueling, now integrated into the IAG Group, a few years earlier) with the idea to connect small and medium-sized companies throughout Europe that didn’t have direct links between them.
Volotea’s fleet is currently composed of 41 aircraft (20 A319s and 21 A320s).