The Mexican low-cost air carrier Volaris made its inaugural flight from Miami recently, joining the Miami market after beginning a four weekly flight service to Guadalajara and daily flights to Mexico City on an Airbus A320 aircraft. Volaris marks the Miami airport’s fourth airline to service Mexico and its eighth low-cost carrier.
After a press conference featuring the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and the Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Office (OVFC), there was a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and refreshments for the passengers and guests before Volaris’ first departure from Miami to Guadalajara.
Volaris is the first of four passenger airlines that will launch a new Miami service in 2017. In addition to Volaris, Canadian airline First Air will begin charter passenger flights from Ontario on behalf of Celebrity Cruises. In April, the low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air is launching a thrice-weekly service to Reykjavik, Iceland, from Miami, and in September, Aer Lingus will launch its first ever service from Dublin, Ireland, with three weekly flights. The four new airlines will add to Miami’s current total of 107 different carriers, giving them the most of any U.S. airport.
Guadalajara is now the sixth destination in Mexico offering nonstop service from Miami, and Volaris is now serving more than 60 destinations in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, and is the top U.S. airport for international freight.