Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Volaris Applies to Expand US Service

As I mentioned in my past post, I was catching up on DOT filings, and I found. The airline has applied to the DOT for permission to launch service to San Jose and Chicago from Guadalajara. San Jose would complement the carrier’s existing Californian transborder service, and would boost its position in the Bay Area as it already serves Oakland. The service, if launched, would compete with Mexicana’s existing nonstop service. (Mexicana has a nonstop from OAK as well.)
What’s interesting about the application for Chicago flights is that Volaris never specified what airport it plans to serve. Aeroméxico and Mexicana have nonstops from O’Hare, but I think Volaris would fly into Midway. That makes the most sense to me as it would open up a bunch of connecting opportunities with Southwest once that codeshare begins (hopefully later this year).

Volaris began transborder service last year with service to Los Angeles and Oakland. The former has service to Toluca (an alternate to Mexico City), Guadalajara, Morelia, and Zacatecas, while the latter has flights to Guadalajara and Toluca. Oakland had service to Tijuana, but service appears to have been cut. For both cities, only flights to Guadalajara are daily.
The airline also has the authority , though Volaris has not announced any service to the city.

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