Volaris now operates from all 3 airports in Mexico City

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    Volaris

    IATA/ICAO code:
    Y4/VOI

    Airline type:
    Very low cost carrier

    Hub(s):
    Guadalajara International Airport, Mexico City International Airport, Tijuana International Airport

    Year of foundation:
    2005

    CEO:
    Enrique Beltranena

    Country:
    Mexico

On Friday, Mexico’s ultra-low-cost airline Volaris launched operations from Mexico City’s third largest airport, Toluca International Airport (TLC). It is now the only airline to operate simultaneously from all three hubs serving the Mexican capital and surrounding areas (the other two are Mexico City Benito Juárez International and Felipe Ángeles International).

Resumption of operations

Toluca International Airport is a hub located west of Mexico City, in a different city and a different state. Nevertheless, it has always been considered an airport serving the Mexican capital and its surroundings.

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In recent years, Toluca has been best known as a hub for cargo airlines (it is among Mexico’s five most important airports for cargo operations) and private aviation. But in the past, some airlines operated from Toluca, such as Volaris, Viva Aerobus and the now defunct Interjet. They left the hub when coveted Mexico City Benito Juárez International (MEX) slots became available after Mexicana de Aviación went bankrupt in 2010.

Now Volaris is back in Toluca launching six new routes and offering 46 weekly flights from the hub. The low-cost airline only serves domestic destinations from Toluca, launching routes to Cancún (CUN), Guadalajara (GDL), Huatulco (HUX), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), San José del Cabo (SJD) and Tijuana (TIJ). All of these routes are also available at Mexico City airport.


Operation of three airports

A year ago, Volaris only started from Mexico City Benito Juárez International. Nevertheless, over the past year the Mexican government has introduced the metropolitan system of airports, serving Mexico City and surrounding areas, and now Volaris flies from all of them.

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According to data from Cirium, Volaris now operates 690 weekly flights from these three airports. Nearly 92% of all flights depart from MEX.

During the inauguration of its operations in Toluca, Enrique Beltranena, Executive Chairman and CEO of Volaris, said that

“By simultaneously operating the airports of Mexico City, Felipe Ángeles and Toluca, we will offer one million seats per month on national and international routes. Specifically from this destination (Toluca), we will take advantage of our presence in Guadalajara and Tijuana to connecting routes to the United States.

He added that it is a pleasure for the airline to return to where it was born 16 years ago, but now with a competitive plan that will consolidate the carrier in the Mexico City metropolitan area.

Volaris now operates commercial flights from all three airports in Mexico City. Photo: Daniel Martinez Garbuno | Single flight.

NLU Services

Yesterday we reported that Volaris will have to cancel its route from Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) later this year. The reason for this cancellation is that Mexico remains downgraded to Category 2 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In the meantime, Volaris is already looking to expand its commercial services from NLU. By October, Volaris plans to operate 70 weekly flights (ten per day) from this airport. It will make more than 13,020 places available each week. This represents a 400% increase in flights and capacity for Volaris compared to what the airline is currently operating in July.


Volaris will operate 12 domestic routes from NLU in October, serving Acapulco, Cancún, Guadalajara, Huatulco, La Paz, Mérida, Mexicali, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido, San José del Cabo and Tijuana. All of these services are also available from MEX, and some of them also from TLC.

What do you think of the fact that Volaris flies from all three airports serving Mexico City? Do you think that’s a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.

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