Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris Airlines is launching four-times weekly service between Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Fresno, California on April 14.
The route was formerly operated by Mexicana de Aviacion, which ceased operations last August. Fresno becomes Volaris Airlines’ sixth U.S. destination after Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago Midway and Las Vegas.
Volaris Airlines will operate outbound flights from Guadalajara on the route Thursdays through Sundays and will fly the return trips Fridays through Mondays.
Its flights will depart Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (GDL) at 9:15 p.m. and land at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) at 11:05 p.m. local time. In the other direction, Volaris Airlines’ flights are timed to leave FAT at 1:00 a.m. and reach GDL at 6:30 a.m. local time.
On April 14, the same day that it launches its new Guadalajara-Fresno route, Volaris is also starting a new route between Monterrey in Nuevo León state and Los Angeles. Its flights on the route will operate three times a week, departing outbound from Monterrey’s General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:10 p.m. and arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:40 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, Volaris Airlines’ flights will operate on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays and will leave LAX at 1:10 a.m. to reach MTY at 6:00 a.m. local time. At MTY, Volaris will offer connections between its Los Angeles service and the airline’s flights to Guadalajara, Toluca, Morelia and Zacatecas.
The launch of the new Guadalajara-Fresno service will increase Volaris Airlines’ network to 48 routes linking 31 cities, with the carrier operating more than 130 flights each day. Volaris Airlines marked its fifth anniversary of operations on February 20.
Volaris is expected to launch service to at least one additional, yet-to-be-named U.S. city (and probably more cities) from Guadalajara later this year. Some U.S. cities mentioned in media reports as likely future Volaris destinations are Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Phoenix and Atlanta.
The carrier operates an all-Airbus A320-family fleet of 24 A319s and two A320s. Volaris Airlines has a codeshare agreement in place with Southwest Airlines and operates mini-hubs at Tijuana, Guadalajara, Toluca (its main base) near Mexico City and Puebla.
Although CEO Enrique Beltranena vowed that Volaris would not operate to Mexico City’s delay-plagued Benito Juarez International Airport, the service gap left at Mexico’s busiest airport by Mexicana’s cessation of operations proved too big an opportunity for Volaris to miss and the airline now operates to at least seven Mexican domestic destinations from there.
For more information or to book tickets, visit www.Volaris.com.mx, call the airline’s call center at 1-800-122-8000 or contact a travel agent.