Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus will launch service to DFW International Airport from two of Mexico’s largest cities, Guadalajara and Monterrey, on March 28.
VivaAerobus also plans to launch service between DFW and Cancun in July, according to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA code DFW).
Monterrey-based VivaAerobus will use Airbus A320 jets for the services.
It will operate its Monterrey-Guadalajara services out of DFW’s International Terminal D three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Tuesday and Thursday flights will operate non-stop from DFW to Monterrey and continue on to Guadalajara, while the Thursday flight will be non-stop from DFW to Guadalajara.
“In addition to providing low-cost access for visitors from the U.S. to Monterrey and Guadalajara, Viva also offers flights from these cities to a range of outstanding destinations within Mexico,” says Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus
“Also, the Dallas/Fort Worth market is critical for business and these new services are a direct conduit to open new opportunities for trade and tourism which represent a huge opportunity for significant economic impact,” adds Zuazua.
VivaAerobus currently serves 21 destinations in Mexico and operates hubs in Monterrey and Cancun. It also serves three U.S. destinations, not including its forthcoming new services to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
Headquartered in Monterrey in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state, VivaAerobus is co-owned by IAMSA (Mexico’s largest bus-company conglomerate) and the founders of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier.
When service begins in March, VivaAerobus will become the eighth international carrier to start service at DFW since 2011, extending the airport’s recent run of international expansion.
VivaAerobus operates a fleet of 14 leased Boeing 737-300 jets but is replacing these over time with 15 Airbus A320s, some leased and some ordered from Airbus. VivaAerobus has taken delivery of several A320s and operated its first A320 service in May.
The Mexican low-cost carrier also holds options on 10 more Airbus A320s and has placed a firm order for 35 Airbus A320neo jets, whcih will be delivered from 2016 through 2021 to expand its fleet.
Since 2011, DFW has added 25 new international routes, 18 of those to new international destinations.