Low-cost carriers Eurowings and Volotea have entered an agreement to jointly sell flights on more than 140 routes, including eight new routes to and from Germany operated by Volotea.
The partnership will see Eurowings open its distribution channels to Volotea, connecting the Lufthansa subsidiary to destinations in France and Italy.
The mutual distribution agreement will offer customers of both carriers access to more than 140 flights with no overlap, including more than 100 routes operated by Eurowings and around 40 operated by Volotea.
Eurowings CEO Jens Bischof said the partnership expands the carrier’s pan-European presence.
“Having developed Eurowings towards Eastern and Northern Europe with recently opened bases in Prague and Stockholm, the expansion of our route portfolio towards Southern Europe is the next step,” he said.
The partnership will also see the establishment of eight new routes operated by the Spanish carrier, connecting its hubs in France and Italy with four cities across Germany.
New services between Berlin and Verona and Bordeaux to both Düsseldorf and Stuttgart will commence on 26 May.
Meanwhile, routes connecting Berlin and Lyon, Stuttgart and Nantes and Hamburg with Bordeaux, Florence and Lyon will be rolled out from 10 October.
All eight new routes will operate twice weekly with a capacity of some 60,000 seats. Tickets for the newly established routes are now on sale via the Volotea website and will be available on the Eurowings website by the end of April, once a “binding agreement on the sales cooperation” has been reached.
Volotea founder and CEO Carlos Muñoz said the sales agreement signals “the potential of a stronger, long-term partnership” and that newly established routes are “responding to new customer requests”.