Ultra-low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has started flying to its second South American destination, Lima International Airport (LIM) in Peru. Volaris has launched two direct routes from Mexico City Benito Juárez International (MEX) and Cancún International Airport (CUN). Let’s investigate further.
The new destination of Volaris
Since Volaris cannot expand by launching routes to the United States due to the downgrading of Mexico to Category 2 status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airline is opening up new markets across the Americas. .
Last year, the airline launched two new routes between Mexico and Colombia, serving Mexico City and Cancún daily to Bogotá.
Soon after, Volaris began looking for a new destination in South America, Peru. The Peruvian-Mexican market lacked the presence of more low-cost carriers (only Sky Airline serves Lima-Cancún). Nonetheless, Mexico ranked among the top 10 countries visited by Peruvian travelers, meaning there was an area of opportunity.
Volaris began flying daily from Cancún and Mexico City to Lima this week. The airline uses its 186-seat Airbus A320neo on both routes. These two routes will be Volaris’ longest flights. The distance between Cancún and Lima is 2,366 miles and between Mexico City and Lima is 2,629 miles.
Peru’s connectivity with the Latin American region is still deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent study by the country’s export and tourism promotion agency, PROMPERU, flights have recovered to around 41% from 2019 levels.
At the beginning of 2020, Peru had more than 500 weekly flights to countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama. In April 2022, weekly flights reached 207.
Nevertheless, the arrival of Volaris on the market is an excellent sign that the recovery is accelerating. Peru currently expects tourism to generate around 2% of GDP in 2022.
Roberto Sánchez Palomino, Peru’s Minister of Commerce and Tourism, said:
“We are promoting air connectivity in our country with the resolve to recover our pre-pandemic volume. To do this, we must continue to create the appropriate conditions that allow the arrival of new airlines in the country. The launch of Volaris operations secures new investments and plays a crucial role in the development of low-cost connectivity.
Connectivity between Mexico and Peru looks promising. Between 2020 and 2021, the arrival of Peruvian tourists to Mexico increased by 64%. This year, the number of flights and seats offered between the two countries increased by 140% and 152% compared to 2021.
Volaris has launched direct routes from Mexico City and Cancún to Lima, Peru. Photo: Volaris.
The Mexican low-cost carrier has invested heavily in expanding its fleet over the past two years.
In May 2022, the airline closed with a fleet of 110 planes (compared to the 87 planes it had a year ago, a 26% increase in size.
The Volaris fleet consists solely of Airbus narrow-body airliners of the Airbus A320 family. The airline has the largest unfilled order among Airbus customers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Between January and May 2022, Volaris carried 12.09 million passengers, an increase of 45% compared to the same period in 2021. This incredible growth shows that Volaris is set to experience another record year, surpassing 2021, when the company airline transported 24 million passengers. , his absolute record.
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