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Volaris, legally Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VOLAR, NYSE: VLRS), is a Mexican low-cost airline based in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City with its hubs in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana, and focus cities in Cancún, León, Los Angeles, and Monterrey. It is the country's second largest airline after Aeroméxico and serves domestic and international destinations within the Americas. It is a leading competitor in the Mexican domestic airline market, with a market share of over 21% of domestic traffic.
|Subsidiaries||Volaris Costa Rica|
|Company slogan||Precios que te hacen viajar (Spanish) |
Get out of town prices (English)
|Parent company||Vuela Compañia de Aviación|
|Traded as||BMV: VOLAR|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
The pre-operations phase (founding of the legal entities and setting up of the required infrastructure) started in August 2005 under the name Vuela Airlines. Major initial shareholders of the company were Grupo Televisa (the world's biggest Spanish-language media conglomerate), Inbursa (an insurance company owned by multi billionaire Carlos Slim), TACA Airlines and the Discovery Americas Fund. Each of these partners invested 25% of the initial cost of activities, or 100 million USD. On July 2010, it was announced that Televisa and Inbursa had sold their stake in Volaris leaving the ownership of Volaris as follows: TACA Airlines with Roberto and Maria Cristina Kriete (50%), Investment fund Discovery Americas (over 25%) and Indigo Partners: Fund led by former America West CEO B. Franke.
Ticket sales started on January 12, 2006, and, following the delivery of the airline's first aircraft, the first (non-commercial) flight was operated in February 2006. Scheduled revenue flights were launched on March 13, 2006, with the inaugural flight having been operated from Toluca to Tijuana.
Initially, the airline avoided flying to Mexico City because of it being a congested and expensive airport. The airline took over several slots that had been owned by now-defunct Mexicana and its subsidiaries MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink, establishing service in September 2010. In March, 2011, it announced that its hub in Toluca would move to Guadalajara.
On June 5, 2012, the airline launched a frequent flyer program called VClub. It is the membership program that provides special fares, offers, last minute travel deals and other perks. Customers can save up to 40% using the VClub membership. On June 6, 2012, PayPal became a payment alternative for the airline, enabling customers to purchase tickets directly from the airline's website. On September 17, 2012, Volaris announced a codeshare partnership with a German airline, Condor. Passengers of Condor are able to fly to more international destinations.
On March 13, 2013, the airline celebrated its seventh anniversary, offering passengers 70% off all flights, it has done this every year since then. Volaris announced the creation of a subsidiary, Volaris Costa Rica, in March 2016. The subsidiary, based at Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rican capital San José, started operations in November 2016.
In April 2009, Volaris announced the start of US-bound flights out of Toluca and Guadalajara (initially to Los Angeles and Oakland) to feed into the hubs of Southwest Airlines. Later on, US-flights were also offered from Zacatecas and Morelia, with Monterrey-Los Angeles and Fresno in planning.
On December 13, 2010, Volaris started services between Chicago/Midway and Guadalajara. It was Volaris' fourth international destination, first international service to a secondary airport and the longest route in Volaris' history. After Mexicana de Aviación's shutdown, Volaris took over many of Mexicana's international destinations and flights from its focus city, Guadalajara.
On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Volaris would begin service to Fresno on April 14, 2011. Fresno was Volaris' first US destination where it did not partner with Southwest Airlines. The airline began using Guadalajara International Airport as an American gateway hub in late 2011.
Volaris sought permission to fly between Dallas/Fort Worth and Mexico City, along with a number of other U.S.-Mexico routes. Volaris submitted the request on February 3, 2011 and the U.S. Department of Transportation granted approval on February 11. However, Volaris did not launch the service until over four years later, on April 29, 2015, when it began flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Guadalajara.
Volaris began flights between Phoenix and Guadalajara on October 19, 2013.
Volaris began flying to its first destination in Texas, San Antonio, from Guadalajara on December 14, 2013. Volaris also started its new route from Mexico City to San Antonio on September 15, 2017.
Volaris began serving its second destination in Florida, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, from Mexico City on December 1, 2014 and then from Guadalajara on December 4, 2014. The airline later ceased flying to Fort Lauderdale and replaced the route with non-stop flights to Miami from Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Volaris planned to launch service to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas as soon as the new terminal was completed, but the airline chose to begin flying to Houston-Intercontinental from Guadalajara on March 26, 2015, instead.
Volaris began its first non-stop flights to the Northeastern United States, when it began service between New York-JFK and Guadalajara on July 15, 2015, and on March 1, 2017, started non-stop service between Mexico City and New York-JFK.
In the summer of 2015, Volaris launched its first ever international flights outside the Continental United States; to Guatemala on June 18, to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 2, and to San José, Costa Rica on September 10.
Volaris has confirmed it does not plan to fly to Santiago de Chile, and rather focus in the US, Central America and domestic markets, after a local newspaper announced the airline had plans to begin operations in South America.
On January 16, 2018, Volaris announced a codeshare agreement with American low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines.
Volaris operates scheduled flights to Mexico (43) and elsewhere in the Americas (22) from its hub at Guadalajara International Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico City International Airport in Mexico City, and Tijuana International Airport in Tijuana, and focus cities in Cancún International Airport in Cancún, Del Bajío International Airport in León, Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, and Monterrey International Airport in Monterrey.
As of May 2019, the Volaris fleet consists of the following aircraft:
On November 15, 2017 during the Dubai Airshow, Indigo Partners announced an order for 430 aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family of which 80 will be for Volaris as follows: 46 A320neo and 34 A321neo.
- The former Volaris safety video featured actress Claudia Lizaldi. The current Volaris safety video features young children demonstrating the safety procedures.
- Every new plane has a person's name on it, for example one plane may have "Samuel" written on it, while another plane may have "Luisa" written on it.
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- "Volaris and Frontier Airlines Sign Codeshare Agreement". ir.volaris.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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