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A Volaris Airbus A320 sitting at the carrier’s hub at Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Albert Kuan)

Volaris Becomes Mexican Airline with Most Operations, Receives Airbus A320neo

According to aero-naves, Volaris has since May become the carrier with the highest daily number of operations in Mexico. Currently, the airline is operating with a market share of 33%, compared to 24% for Aeroméxico, 21% for Viva Aerobus and 18% for Interjet.

Volaris is operating at 40% of its capacity. By the end of July, the carrier expects to recover up to 60% of its pre-pandemic offerings. According to Reportur, during July, Volaris will increase its flights at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City by 33%. It will begin to offer its customers more routes than any other Mexican airline with 25 destinations in Mexico and the U.S. The airline plans to have 72 operations and a daily average of 22 national and 3 international routes in July.

According to Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena, the recovery operations are principally propped up by passengers who are visiting friends and relatives or returning to their hometowns. Once restrictions are revoked, the tourism and pleasure segment is expected to be the second group to begin traveling again, and finally, the corporate traffic will follow.

On July 7, Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranenan participated in a virtual conference at the World Aviation Festival. During his speech, he emphasized the advantages of the Indigo Partners business model in the industry reactivation. He stated that the ultra-low-cost Carrier model is the most effective at the moment.

Remarking on his vision of the aviation industry in the region, he affirms that he believes there will be adjustments in the size of each airline in the industry, both big and small. Moving forward from this adjustment, he sees opportunities for future growth. In this sense, he believes there will be two key factors that set the stage: competition and price. With economies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, he points out that the “price will provide the essence of air traffic in the coming months.” And ultra-low-cost carriers, he believes, will be best able to capture that market.

Beltranenan values ​​the formation of strategic alliances, although he warns that they must be with companies with similar business models. He pointed to the agreement that Volaris and Frontier maintain for travel between Mexico and the U.S. as an example of a successful agreement.

According to a21, the Mexican airline received an Airbus A320neo on July 8, which will strengthen the carrier’s operations from Mexico City, making around 150 flights per month. With the incorporation of this new aircraft, Volaris has a fleet of 82 Airbus aircraft: 18 A320neo, 59 A320, sixIA321neo, 10 A321 and seven A319.

Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
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