New Routes of the Day – Americas (8 January 2024): Vivaaerobus’ new routes from Mexico City NLU
Vivaaerobus introduced five new domestic routes from Mexico City NLU between Monday 8 January and Wednesday 10 January.
- 8 January: Reynosa (daily)
- 8 January: Chihuahua (3-weekly)
- 8 January: Nuevo Laredo (weekly)
- 9 January: Huatulco (3-weekly)
- 10 January: Tampico (3-weekly)
The ULCC currently faces no competition on any of its new routes as it continues to develop its base at Felipe Ángeles International Airport, locally known as AIFA. However, the newly established Mexicana, which commenced operations just two weeks ago, and is based at the airport, plans to inaugurate flights to Nuovo Laredo on 6 February. All of Vivaaerobus’ new routes will be maintained with the A320 aircraft.
What they said
Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Vivaaerobus, said: “Mexico City´s metropolitan area is a fast-growing market and we´re committed to providing passengers with even more convenient, nonstop options for any travel occasion, in addition to Viva’s unmatched low fares. We are excited to grow in this new airport and offer travellers new gateways into exciting vacation destinations.”
General Isidoro Pastor, CEO of Felipe Ángeles International Airport, added: ““We thank Viva Aerobus for its trust and growth in AIFA, an airport that, with an advanced infrastructure and first-class service, meets flight needs in this region and favors economic spill and competitiveness in Mexico City and surrounding areas.”
Vivaaerobus becomes Mexico NLU’s largest airline
Vivaaerobus commenced its latest expansion at Mexico City NLU in December 2023 by initially launching four new routes. In addition to the five newly added destinations this January, the carrier plans to debut new domestic operations from the airport throughout the year. These include services to Villahermosa from 2 April; Chetumal, Puerto Vallarta and Tuxtla Gutiérrez from 4 April; San José del Cabo from 18 April; Ciudad Obregón from 4 July and Durango from 5 July.
Vivaaerobus will be the largest airline at Mexico NLU this year with 2.8 million seats on the market. This represents an increase of 203% on last year, when the ULCC was the third-largest carrier at the airport, behind Aeromexico and Volairs. By July, Vivaaerobus will have 12 A320 aircraft based at Mexico NLU.
Felipe Ángeles International Airport was opened in March 2022 and serves as the Mexican capital’s second commercial airport. It handled 912,415 passengers in 2022 and is projected to have welcomed three million travellers in 2023. The airport is primarily served by Mexican and Central American carriers.