Ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus will now fly from Mexicali, Baja California, to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The Mexican airline also announced two flights from Tijuana, Baja California, to Oaxaca, Oaxaca, and Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
Baja California’s Ministry of Tourism, Viva Aerobus and Pacific Airport Group (GAP) highlighted that through the new routes, air connectivity will be boosted. The Viva Aerobus flight from Monterrey to Mexicali will land at the General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport and offers six weekly flights. The routes Tijuana-Oaxaca and Tijuana-Reynosa will start on Oct. 20, with seven and two weekly flights, respectively.
"It is a pleasure to have Viva Aerobus back in the capital of Baja California and, furthermore, to see them adding two more routes from Tijuana. Undoubtedly, with greater air connectivity, we can continue promoting tourism. We are coming off a great year in which we welcomed many visitors, and we expect a growth rate of 5% to 6% by the end of 2023, fueled by the gastronomic and wine attractions that our beautiful state offers, which have been internationally recognized," says Miguel Aguíñiga Rodríguez, Minister of Tourism, Baja California via a press release.
Viva Aerobus highlighted that it continues to strengthen its presence in those states, where it already operates 14 non-stop routes. From Tijuana, one of its six operational bases, the airline flies to Mexico City (both AICM and AIFA), Cancun, Culiacan, Guadalajara, Leon, Los Cabos, Morelia, Monterrey, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and soon to Oaxaca and Reynosa.
GAP, which manages the Mexicali Airport, worked in collaboration with Viva Aerobus and the Ministry of Tourism of Baja California to enhance connectivity at the airport. "At GAP, we are committed to providing the best travel experience to our passengers, and part of this effort materializes today with the increase in routes at the Mexicali International Airport. The flight that is being inaugurated today is one of the 10 new routes we will have this year, increasing seat availability by 35% compared to 2022,” says Alejandra Soto Ayech, Director of Institutional Relations and Social Responsibility, GAP.
Viva Aerobus expects to operate over 25 flights per day to/from Baja California and offer over 4 million seats per year. Viva Aerobus began operations in Tijuana in 2006, with uninterrupted service over these 17 years and has transported over 6 million passengers to/from Baja California.
"We have decided to expand our network of routes in Baja California so that more people can travel to iconic and strategic destinations across the country at low prices and on new aircraft. At the same time, we connect this great state for the benefit of its tourism, business opportunities, trade and local economic impact," explains Walfred Castro, Director of Communications, Viva Aerobus.
Viva Aerobus reported year over year increases in passenger traffic in March 2023 and continued to outperform in national and international markets with new routes and more demand. Viva Aerobus operates 42 Airbus A320 and 28 Airbus A321, while Volaris operates 113 Airbus aircraft of the A319, A320, A320neo and A321 families, as reported by MBN.