Volaris to Begin Serving Las Vegas in Late March

by Staff on January 10, 2011

Mexican low-cost airline Volaris is launching daily service between Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Las Vegas on March 30.

The carrier is offering introductory one-way fares of $110 on the route, not including taxes and fees. Fares at the introductory price must be purchased by January 14 and can be bought at www.volaris.com.mx.

Volaris’ schedule on the route calls for its flight to depart Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (GDL) at 1:00 p.m. and to land at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) at 2:20 p.m. local time.

In the other direction, Volaris says its flight will leave LAS at 3:50 p./m. and arrive at GDL at 9:00 p.m. local time. (However, the airline has also released alternative publicity which suggests that its LAS-GDL flight will leave LAS at 4:40 p.m. and will reach GDL at 8:50 p.m., so check carefully when booking.)

Volaris took delivery of three new Airbus A319s on December 7, 2010. Among them was this one, named 'Maricarmen', which was welcomed to the airline's home base at Toluca Airport just outside Mexico City with a traditional water-cannon salute from the airport's fire department

Fast-growing Volaris already offers services from one or more of its Mexican focus cities Guadalajara, Tijuana and Toluca just outside Mexico City to Oakland, Los Angeles and San Jose in California, as well as Chicago.

The airline offers an extensive network linking its five focus cities in Mexico to cities throughout Mexico. In addition to Toluca (Volaris’ main base), Guadalajara and Tijuana, Puebla is a Volaris focus city, as is Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport following the airline’s decision to launch a sizable number of flights from there to take advantage of the market gap left by Mexicana’s cessation of operations in August.

In addition to its five confirmed U.S. destinations, Volaris reportedly is also planning to launch services this year to Fort Lauderdale, Fresno and potentially three other U.S. cities from Mexico focus cities.

Volaris operates an all-Airbus fleet which by the end of 2010 included 24 A319s and two A320s. According to Wikipedia, Volaris has outstanding orders or leasing commitments for 17 more A319s and eight more A320s, which potentially would double the size of its current 26-aircraft fleet.

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