Mexican low-fare airline VivaAerobus plans to launch twice-weekly service to Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) from Monterrey in October, Chicago becoming its third international destination.
VivaAerobus, whose official name is Aeroenlaces Nacionales, S.A. de C.V. and which is based at Monterrey’s General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY), says it will launch the new service to Chicago Midway Airport from Monterrey on October 14. The nonstop flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays.
The carrier – which offers little in the way of customer service and has something of a reputation for changing its schedules at short notice without informing booked passengers – has already started selling tickets on the route, with one-way fares from $125 all-inclusive. Tickets can be booked online at www.vivaaerobus.com.
Initially, VivaAerobus’ schedule for the Monterrey-Chicago Midway route calls for its flight to depart MTY at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays and land at MDW at 2:50 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the VivaAerobus flight is timed to leave MDW at 3:50 p.m. and to touch down at MTY at 7:25 p.m. local time.
From November 11, the planned schedule for the VivaAerobus Monterrey-Chicago flight changes to specify a 6:15 a.m. departure from MTY and a 9:50 a.m. arrival at MDW. On the return sector, the planned departure time from MDW changes to 10:50 a.m. and the arrival time at MTY changes to 2:25 p.m. local time. However, the flight is still scheduled to operate on Mondays and Fridays.
VivaAerobus has been serving the U.S. market since 2009 with flights from Monterrey to Houston and Las Vegas.
“Our arrival in Chicago is part of our international expansion plan here in the U.S. Offering our service to this city’s market represents a great opportunity for VivaAerobus,” says Roberto Valdez, commercial director for VivaAerobus.
VivaAerobus started operations in November 2006 and currently operates a fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300s, each seating 148 passengers in single-class configuration. The carrier serves 54 routes, including its two current routes to the United States. VivaAerobus operates hubs at Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara.
During the five years the carrier has been operating, it has transported 8.5 million passengers, VivaAerobus attaining an average 78 per cent load factor.
VivaAerobus was created by Mexican company IAMSA and Irish investment company Irelandia. IAMSA is a leading Mexican bus company, operating 9,000 buses and transporting more than 260 million passengers each year. It operates in 24 Mexican states and reaches more than 83.4 per cent of the country’s population. IAMSA is owned by the individual owners of Grupo Flecha Amarila and Grupo Toluca. Some of IAMSA’s better-known bus lines are ETN, Omnibus de Mexico, TAP and Plus.
Irelandia is the investment vehicle of the Ryan family. The Ryan family founded Ryanair, Europe’s largest and most successful low-cost airline. Irelandia also has a shareholding in Singapore’s Tiger Airways.
Like Ryanair, VivaAerobus is known for the steamy calendars it publishes of scantily clad female flight attendants. VivaAerobus sells the calendars in order to raise money for charity.