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New Routes of the Day – Americas (22 January 2024): Aerus’ new routes from Ciudad Victoria

Ciudad Victoria celebrates

Mexican regional carrier Aerus (IATA code ZV) commenced domestic flights from Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the state of Tamaulipas in northeast of the country, to five destinations on Monday 22 January.

  • Matamoros (6-weekly)
  • Monterrey (daily)
  • Reynosa (6-weekly)
  • San Luis Potosi (daily)
  • Tempico (6-weekly)

All the new routes will be maintained by the airline’s nine-seater Cessna Grand Caravan EX. It faces no competition and becomes only the second carrier to serve Ciudad Victoria alongside the recently resurrected state-run Mexicana. All the new services launched by Aerus are between 200 and 300 kilometres apart.

What they said

Daniela Ramírez, Marketing Manager at Aerus, said: We are excited to launch these new routes from Ciudad Victoria. In our first year of service, we managed to connect the northeast with the south of the country, operated 3,000 flights and handled 14,000 passengers.”

Benjamín Hernandez Rodriguez, the Secretary for Tourism of the State of Tamaulipas, noted: “Today we are pleased with the arrival of Aerus to Ciudad Victoria. These new routes are extremely important for this airport, for the people of Victoria and for state of Tamaulipas. Connectivity is a great driver for the development of tourism. Ciudad Victoria, as the state’s capital, offers many alternatives in terms of tourism. In addition to the great infrastructure for congresses tourism and conventions, Ciudad Victoria has first-class facilities for sports and cultural activities. This is great news for Tamaulipas, and we are sure that these new routes, through which we will expand regional connectivity, will continue to grow.”

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Aerus to introduce international flights

Aerus commenced operations only last year as the first new Mexican scheduled airline in more than ten years. It currently boasts a fleet of three Cessna Ground Caravan EX aircraft, which have the capacity to seat between nine and 12 passengers. The airline anticipates the delivery of two 19-seat Cessna 408 SkyCouriers early next year.

The start-up sees opportunity in serving routes that are far too thin not just for Aeromexico, Vivaaerobus, or Volaris, but even for the remaining regional operator TAR Aerolíneas, which flies E145s. Recent years saw a dramatic reduction in connectivity between second- and third-tier cities in Mexico with the collapse of Aerocaribe, Alma de Mexico, and, recently, Aeromar Airlines.

Aerus aims to benefit from the recent restoration of Mexico’s US FAA Category 1 rating by launching cross-border routes from its Monterrey base. Flights are expected to commence in 2025.

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