Mexican low cost carrier VivaAerobus is launching service to Miami and Orlando from the city of Monterrey in Nuevo León province, at fares starting...

Mexican low cost carrier VivaAerobus is launching service to Miami and Orlando from the city of Monterrey in Nuevo León province, at fares starting at $125 round-trip.

VivaAerobus’ Monterrey-Miami service operates twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. It is timed to leave Monterrey’s General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) at 3:15 p.m and arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA) at 7:45 p.m. local time.

In the other direction, the VivaAerobus flight is scheduled to depart MIA at 8:45 p.m. and land at MTY at 11:15 p.m. local time.

As of November 2011, Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier VivaAerobus operated or had contracted for a total of 20 Boeing 737-300s

Starting November 19, VivaAerobus launches weekly seasonal service on Saturdays between Monterrey and Orlando.

The flight is timed to push back from the gate at MTY at 8:00 a.m. and to reach Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 12:20 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the carrier’s flight is scheduled to begin taxiing at MCO at 1:20 p.m., in order to make a 3:35 p.m. arrival at MTY.

With its two new international routes to Florida, VivaAerobus now is serving six U.S. destinations. VivaAerobus already serves Chicago Midway, Houston, Las Vegas and San Antonio from its hub at Monterrey.

According to VivaAerobus, the six routes give it the largest U.S. network from Monterrey of any Mexican airline.

“We are entering the last stretch of the year with new operations to the U.S. and it is a pleasure for us to offer our low cost travel model to the Hispanic market interested in traveling to Mexico and visiting family members at reasonable fares,” says Juan Carlos Zuazua, VivaAerobus’ CEO.

“We are looking to consolidate in the North American market extending our presence in the most important cities throughout the US, as is the case with Miami and Orlando,” adds Zuazua.

VivaAerobus says the new routes are important in connecting Northeastern Mexico with Miami, which concentrates the largest number of Latin American focused corporations in the U.S.; and Orlando, a city with a diverse variety of entertainment options including world-class amusement parks and a convention center that ranks among the best in the world.

Booking for the new international destinations is now available on the carrier’s website,

Based at Monterrey in Nuevo León province, VivaAerobus was founded by IAMSA and Irelandia and started operations in November 2006. The airline operates a fleet of 17 Boeing 737-300s on 46 Mexican domestic routes and six routes from Monterrey to the United States.

IAMSA is Mexico’s largest passenger ground-transportation company, operating a fleet of 9,000 buses throughout 22 states in Mexico, transporting over 260 million passengers a year and reaching over 70 per cent of the country’s population. IAMSA employs more than 24,000 people.

Irelandia, the Ryan family’s investment mechanism, founded Ryanair, the largest and most successful low-cost airline in Europe. Irelandia has also invested in other low-cost carriers,  including Singapore’s Tiger Airways.