Mexico’s low-cost carrier Volaris is preparing to launch weekly flights to Florida from Mexico City and Guadalajara. With the addition of Fort Lauderdale, Volaris will have eight direct routes from Mexico City to the United States.
This comes just a week after Volaris announced the launch of flights from Guadalajara to the U.S. cities of Portland, Oregon and Reno, Nevada.
The budget airline also added routes to Orlando, Florida, several months ago. The Mexico City route will be a first for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood since AeroMexico ceased service there in September 2007, while the route from Guadalajara is a completely new.
Mexico City-based Volaris operates on about 35 routes, of which 17 are international. This includes non-stop flights to eight U.S. destinations from its hub in Mexico City.
The flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Mexico City will operate thrice-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at 1:15 p.m. for arrival in Mexico at 4:20 p.m., Volaris said.
The Fort Lauderdale to Guadalajara flights will run Thursday and Sunday, departing at 3:45 p.m. and arriving at 6:45 p.m.
Officials at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are said to be finalizing an agreement with Volaris for the new flights.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 65.6% of Ft. Lauderdale/Miami residents are of Hispanic or Latin American descent, representing over 2.3 million people.
“This is how we strengthen social and cultural exchange between Mexico and the U.S., and we generate greater vitality with economic and tourism activities for these destinations,” said Enrique Beltranena, Volaris CEO.
Volaris is continually expanding its international operations. Last year, it carried about 1.3 million international passengers.