Mexico’s Volaris Expects to Launch Los Angeles Route by December

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Confident in its ability to tap into the market to transition passengers from buses to air travel, Volaris plans to expand its operations in the United States. But before that, the airline will have to wait for the United States to restore Mexico’s aviation safety rating.

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Mexico’s Volaris is aiming to launch international flights to Los Angeles from the new Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) north of Mexico City, which could make it the first national carrier to launch an overseas route from the airport. .

The route between AIFA and Los Angeles International Airport will be in addition to the airline’s current flights from Mexico City International Airport, the company announced Thursday.

Volaris said it applied for flight clearance on April 7 and plans to begin operations in December this year.

However, the launch of the route will depend on Mexico restoring its Category 1 aviation safety rating with the United States Federal Aviation Administrationsaid Volaris.

The US Aviation Authority in May 2021 had downgraded the country to a Tier 2 rating – the lowest. This prevented Mexican carriers from adding new US flights and limited the ability of airlines to enter into marketing agreements with each other.

The FAA and AIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Uttaresh.V)

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