Mexican carrier Volaris is launching a new route between Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco with Ontario in California.
Volaris will begin operating twice-weekly round-trips on the route on April 12.
Ontario will become the 13th U.S. city served by Volaris and its seventh destination in California. The airline already serves the California cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento.
According to Volaris, its new Ontario route will see the carrier becoming the leading airline at Guadalajara in terms of seats offered and destinations served from the city, Volaris offering flights from Guadalajara to a total of 11 international and 18 domestic destinations.
Volaris says its new route also means the carrier is continuing to reduce congestion at Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional by having fewer passengers connect at that airport, which is by far Mexico’s busiest.
The airline will offer its new program “Volaris with your budget” on the Guadalajara-Ontario route. According to Volaris, this program offers the lowest guaranteed airfares in the market and includes 25 kilograms of checked luggage with the airfare.
Enrique Beltranena, Volaris’ CEO, says the ‘visiting friends and relatives’ market between Mexico and the United States of America “is the largest of its kind in the world”.
“For this reason we are committed in fulfilling the connectivity needs that it requires, offering economic flights that allow us to compete with the bus market, while promoting cultural, economic and commercial exchange with the United States of America,” says Beltranena.
Ontario International Airport serves that part of the massive Los Angeles metropolitan area known as Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, which is also known as “the Inland Empire”.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Inland Empire area has more than 4.2 million inhabitants. Of its inhabitants, 62 per cent are of Hispanic origin and a great majority are Mexican.
Volaris schedule’ on the Guadalajara-Ontario route will see its flight departing Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (IATA code GDL) at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 12 and landing at Ontario International Airport (ONT) at 0:05 a.m. the following morning, local time.
In the other direction, Volaris; flight will leave ONT at 1:20 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays from April 13 and will reach GDL at 6:45 a.m. local time.
Tickets may be purchased through all of the Volaris’ sale channels, including www.volaris.com, the airline’s call center at 1-800-122-8000, and authorized travel agencies.
Volaris now operates a network of 96 routes linking 33 cities in Mexico and 13 cities in the U.S. The carrier operates more than 200 flights a day with an all-Airbus A320-family fleet of 44 aircraft, which the carrier says is the youngest fleet in Mexico.