Volaris Airlines' announcement of its new Mexico-U.S. route follows hard on the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration raising Mexico's civil-aviation safety standards to...

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris Airlines is launching daily service between Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco and Chicago Midway Airport on December 13.

Chicago is the fourth U.S. destination to be served by Volaris Airlines.

Volaris’ announcement of its new Mexico-U.S. route follows hard on the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration raising Mexico’s civil-aviation safety standards to Category 1 status under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.

The FAA did so after conducting a review of Mexico’s civil aviation authority in November and determined its safety oversight efforts met ICAO’s approved international standard.

Mexican low-fare carrier Volaris operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s. Volaris is based at Toluca, some 40km outside Mexico City, and operates a growing network of routes from four focus cities in Mexico to domestic destinations and cities in the United States

Earlier in the year the FAA, which has adopted ICAO’s IASA program, had downgraded Mexico’s civil-aviation safety oversight to IASA Category 2 status, as a result of which the U.S. Department of Transportation disallowed Mexican airlines from adding any new services to the United States. Restoration of Category 1 status has lifted the restriction.

Volaris’ inaugural flight from Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) to Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL) is scheduled to depart MDW at 3:35 p.m. and arrive at GDL at 8:05 p.m. local time.

From December 14, the daily Volaris flight is timed to leave GDL at 9:45 a.m. and land at MDW at 1:35 p.m. local time. The return flight from MDW is scheduled to push back at 3:35 p.m. in order to make a 7:35 p.m. arrival.

To book flights on the new routes, visit www.volaris.mx.

Volaris already serves Oakland, San Jose and Los Angeles from one or more of three focus cities in Mexico: Toluca, Guadalajara, and Tijuana. The airline also counts Puebla and increasingly, following Mexicana’s ceasing operations, Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport.

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