Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris is planning to add new direct service between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City on Dec. 1 and to Guadalajara on Dec. 4, the airline announced Monday.
The new routes can now be booked at volaris.com.
Steve Belleme, business development manager for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport confirmed the airport is finalizing an agreement with Volaris for the new flights, which are expected to operate at off-peak hours from other of its international flights.
The Mexico City route will be a first for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood since AeroMexico ceased service there in September 2007, while Guadalajara is a completely new route for it, airport officials said.
From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Volaris’ Mexico City route will operate thrice-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at1:15 p.m. for arrival in Mexico at 4:20 p.m., Volaris said.
While the Fort Lauderdale to Guadalajara flights will run Thursday and Sunday, and depart at 3:45 p.m. for arrival in Mexico at 6:45 p.m.
Volaris’ new South Florida service marks its second entry into a Florida airport (after Orlando), and strengthens its presence in the U.S. market.
In the past year the low-cost carrier has been aggressively expanding international operations to the U.S. With the addition of Fort Lauderdale, Volaris will have eight direct routes from Mexico City to the United States, officials said.
“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 Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena, in a statement.
The new Fort Lauderdale routes will provide customers with with an excellent connectivity option for the area, to visit famous beaches, do great shopping, or depart on amazing cruise trips from this, one of the greatest ports in the US,” Beltranena added.
According to Volaris, the US Census Bureau data shows 65.6 percent of Fort Lauderdale/Miami residents are of Hispanic or Latin American descent, representing more than 2.3 million people, which was a draw for the carrier.
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