LONDON – VivaAerobus has relaunched its nonstop flights between Toluca and Cancun and Monterrey, while also adding Merida to its list of destinations from Toluca.
The new flights
According to the CEO of the Airport of Toluca, Viva has launched these flights from Toluca to boost economic development in the region of the State of Mexico. Hugo Alberto Delgado Ortega, CEO of the AIT, mentioned: “the restart of VivaAerobus flights to Monterrey and Cancun, as well as the new nonstop service to Merida from this airport, opens a door for growth and development opportunities for the State of Mexico and the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico; being a key connection between this area and the world”.
These won’t be the only routes flown from Toluca, as VivaAerobus has already announced a new flight to Puerto Vallarta which will open in November.
Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. said: “By resuming our operations in Toluca, we are bringing air connectivity to the Valley of Mexico. With our operation at Mexico City International Airport, New Felipe Angeles Airport, and Toluca Airport, we strengthen the Metropolitan Airport System to meet the growing demand in this region for benefit of all passengers.”
“Now, travellers have the opportunity to choose where to fly from, for their greatest comfort and convenience, and with our unmatched offer: nonstop flights, new aircraft, and lowest fares.”
The flights to and from Cancun, Merida, and Monterrey will be operated daily, with the following schedule taken from their website:
|Toluca – Merida||06:30||08:30||Daily|
|Merida – Toluca||09:10||11:20||Daily|
|Toluca – Cancun||13:40||15:55||Daily|
|Cancun – Toluca||16:35||19:00||Daily|
|Monterrey – Toluca||06:00||07:20||Daily|
|Toluca – Monterrey||19:40||21:05||Daily|
The addition of flights to and from Toluca Airport is a great addition to the overall network of the airport, as they have recently begun struggling with passenger numbers, having had limited scheduled flights for a long period of time after Interjet’s downfall.
With these new additions, it is quite likely that the airport will see some progress in both passenger numbers and flight movements at the airport. In 2021, the airport had served a measly 134,305 passengers, compared to its peak of 4,300,000 in 2008.
The airport is already mainly served by lots of private jets, with some freighter flights from FedEx and TUM AeroCarga, and some passenger flights from Volaris and TAR. VivaAerobus will be a direct competitor with Volaris on the Cancun and Puerto Vallarta routes.
VivaAerobus was founded in 2006 by Ryanair’s then-parent company, Irelandia Aviation, with the intention to create a “RyanMex” airline, with the same type of business model as Ryanair.
Although it never fully developed into one, VivaAerobus has become one of the largest low-cost carriers from Latin America, having knocked Interjet out of the game quite recently, although the COVID-19 pandemic hitting was the final nail in their coffin.