Volaris Airlines is launching daily nonstop service between México City’s Benito Juárez International Airport and Oakland International Airport in California on May 6.
The service will be the first international route operated by Volaris Airlines from Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX). Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena once vowed his airline would never serve the overcrowded Benito Juárez, based as Volaris is at the much less congested airport serving Toluca, less than 50 miles to the west of México City.
However, the collapse of Mexicana in August 2010 left a huge service gap at Benito Juárez which proved irresistible to fast-growing Mexican carriers such as Volaris and Interjet. Soon Volaris was soon operating to seven domestic destinations from Benito Juárez, which is Mexico’s busiest airport.
Volaris notes that Oakland International Airport is the second-busiest in the San Francisco Bay area and the fourth-busiest in California overall after Los Angeles International, San Francisco International and San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.
Oakland International handles more than 9.5 million passengers each year and the airport is minimally affected by weather-related flight delays and cancellations, according to Volaris. (The same cannot be said for San Francisco International, a few miles across the bay.)
The Mexican low-cost carrier began selling tickets for its México City-Oakland service on March 17. Oakland was the first U.S. destination to be served by Volaris, in July 2009.
Volaris Airlines’ schedule between México City and Oakland International Airport (OAK) will see its daily flight depart MEX at 7:55 p.m. and land at OAK at 10:30 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the Volaris flight will leave OAK at 12:20 a.m. and reach MEX at 6:30 a.m. local time.
With the launch of its new México City-Oakland service, Volaris will be operating 50 routes linking 32 destinations and offering more than 130 flights a day. Volaris Airlines is also launching new routes to Las Vegas and Fresno and by the end of 2011 may be serving as many as 10 U.S. destinations from Guadalajara, Tijuanua and Toluca, as well as México City.
To book tickets on the new service, go to www.volaris.mx, call the Volaris Call Center al 1-800-122-8000 or contact a travel agent.
Volaris operates an all-Airbus fleet of 26 A320-family jets, which are four years old on average. The airline’s network of 50 connects 26 cioties in Mexico and six in the United States. Volaris began flight operations in March 2006 and now has more than 1,800 employees.