– Volaris now services San Juan, Puerto Rico from Cancun, Quintana Roo- Puerto Rico is the carrier’s first incursion into the Caribbean marketplace
MEXICO CITY, May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Volaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, as part of their active expansion plan today announced the introduction of new international service from Cancun, Quintana Roo to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico, effective July 2nd operating with two flights per week.
During a press conference, Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena, addressed the importance of including San Juan in the Volaris destination roster and informed the carrier is the only one to connect Mexico with this important Caribbean island in the last 15 years. “Today we are announcing expansion of our coverage to a total of 60 destinations. Sure enough, Puerto Rico is now closer than ever to Mexico! Plus, with Volaris’ clean and clear fares, this a truly irresistible destination.”
“Incorporating Puerto Rico into the Volaris route network responds to our expansion strategy for the region. It also underscores our commitment to Cancun, where we are currently servicing 18 destinations and operating 257 flights per week,” Beltranena said.
He further explained this service opens doors to diversify the island’s offering, “At Volaris we are committed to promoting air connectivity for the country’s most important cities, which in turn fosters their economic development. This is why we are offering connections from Mexico City, Monterrey, and Tijuana, which helps our Customers avoid long layovers at other locations,” he said.
Volaris continues to strengthen its positioning as the Mexican airline with the most extensive route network throughout Mexico and the US, totaling 139 routes to 60 destinations – 22 international and 38 domestic. Since its inauguration, Volaris has transported nearly 50 million passengers, 7 million of which have been for international travel.
“Volaris’ arrival to Puerto Rico is part of concerted efforts by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company to extend access to our destination. With this flight, we are restoring direct connection from our Island to Mexico, which is the Latin American country sending the highest number of visitors to Puerto Rico,” said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “Now, arriving in San Juan will be much easier and affordable for tourists who visit us from Mexico,” she added.
Agustin Arellano, Chief Development Officer at Aerostar Airport Holdings, the managing company of San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport said, “Today we are enthusiastically celebrating the arrival of Volaris to Boricua territory. We extend a warm welcome to this carrier, not only for opening a new route for us, but also because it enables us to reassert our commitment of projecting Puerto Rico as the ideal Caribbean destination before the eyes of the world.” He expanded, “Volaris’ incursion to the Caribbean as part of our operational offering positions us as the first cruise travel destination in the Caribbean. With two flights per week, it will clearly provide better options for the varied tourism offering generated in Puerto Rico.”
Separately, Asur General Director, Adolfo Castro, said, “At ASUR we are delighted with the announcement of the new Cancun – San Juan route, not only are we talking about a new link between Mexico and Puerto Rico, something that hadn’t happened in 15 years, but also, this brings our two airports together, with greater passenger traffic: San Juan and Cancun, serving 8.6 and 17.5 million passengers in 2014 respectively. Added to Volaris’ successful formula, this looks to be quite a promising route, congratulations for that!”
For those interested in the new service, flight schedules, including dates and times of operation, are announced as follows:
Cancun, Quintana Roo – San Juan, Puerto Rico
(Effective July 2. Thursdays and Sundays)
- Departing Cancun, Quintana Roo at 11:30 hrs., arriving San Juan, Puerto Rico at 15:50 hrs.
- Departing San Juan, Puerto Rico at 17:20 hrs., arriving Cancun, Quintana Roo at 19:40 hrs.
Launched at an introductory fare of US$ 129 one-way, flights are available for booking with Volaris’ innovative “Tu Decides” pay-per-service arrangement, whereby Customers select exclusively those services they need for their specific travel needs. Booking is available for customers on all Volaris sales channels, including online ( www.volaris.com), our Call Centers in Mexico (01-800-122-8000) and the US (1-866-988-3527), as well as with any of our authorized travel agencies.
Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) is an ultra low cost airline providing point to point services and operating between Mexico and the US. The ultra low cost highly efficient business model offered by Volaris provides low base fares to develop its market, coupled with outstanding levels of quality services and a wide array of products. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 139 and its fleet from 4 to 52 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 220 daily flight segments on routes connecting 38 cities in Mexico and 22 cities in the United States with Mexico’s most modern airplane fleet. Volaris targets passengers visiting friends and family, price sensitive business travelers, and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select US destinations. Proudly Mexican, Volaris is regarded as one of the new leading companies in the country. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com
Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (ASUR) is the first privatized airport operator in Mexico, with concessions to operate, maintain and develop the airports of Cancun, Merida, Cozumel, Villahermosa, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Huatulco, Tapachula and Minatitlan in the southeast of Mexico. ASUR is also a 50% JV partner in Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC, operator of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Company is listed both on the Mexican stock exchange trading as ASUR, and on the NYSE in the U.S., trading as ASR. One ADS equals ten (10) series B shares.
About Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC:
Aerostar is a Puerto Rico based capital joint venture between Highstar, an American infrastructure investment firm, and a subsidiary of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: ASR; BMV: ASUR) (ASUR), a leading airport management firm. Aerostar is a limited liability company registered in Puerto Rico. Each of their members maintains a 50% share of capital. Aerostar has a forty-year lease to manage and upgrade the SJU airport.
About The Puerto Rico Tourism Company
Founded in 1970, The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is a public corporation responsible for fostering, promoting, and regulating development of the tourism industry. It positions Puerto Rico as a destination through advertising, public relations, and promotional activities; promoting tourism among local residents; guiding and providing technical assistance to researchers; establishing high quality standards, and assessing infrastructure for tourism in addition to regulating and inspecting gaming related activities. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company runs offices and has representation in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America.