Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus announced that passenger traffic for 2021 exceeded the numbers from 2019, as it carried 1.6 million passengers in December for its first time in history.
Viva Aerobus reported that passenger traffic in 2021 increased 27 percent in comparison to 2019, with a record-breaking 15.2 million registered passengers by the end of Dec. 2021. The airline also reported its load factor grew 84 percent in comparison to 2019, reaching another major milestone in its non-stop expansion.
“Our ultra-low-cost business model allowed us to continue to stimulate demand and serve more than 15 million passengers last year, thus exceeding our pre-pandemic demand levels and with a healthy load factor despite the waves of COVID-19 during 2021. Our nonstop service, low prices, new fleet and unmatched reliability have been key to the preference and trust that passengers have given us during this pandemic,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO, Viva Aerobus.
Viva Aerobus also recorded an annual increase of 88 percent in passengers, showing a vital recovery after the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and the economic uncertainty the country suffered during 2020. Viva Aerobus also received the “Value Airline of the Year” award in Oct. 2021 during the 47th Annual Air Transport World (ATW) Aviation Industry Awards ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. The award recognized the airline’s safe and highly efficient operations, affordable fares, sustained growth and innovation in travel experience, which have been vital for its growth throughout 2021, as reported by MBN. The award and Viva Aerobus’ passenger growth during 2021 mark the company’s most successful year in terms of operations and growth.
In other news, Viva Aerobus and US Allegiant Air announced a partnership that will provide clients of both airlines a better market experience and a larger network. For Viva Aerobus’ customers, the partnership will allow for more competitively-priced travel throughout the US. Both airlines will begin their alliance through code-sharing, scheduling, marketing, information systems and loyalty partnerships, as reported by MBN.