Volaris closes 2023 with confidence in network resilience

A line-up of Volaris aircraft at dawn.
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Ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris has reported its December 2023 preliminary traffic results. The carrier shows a noteworthy increase in load factor, set against a year-on-year decrease in passenger traffic.

Understanding the Numbers

In the month of December 2023, Volaris experienced a 3.1% year-over-year decrease in ASM capacity, coupled with a 2.3% drop in RPMs.

Despite these reductions, the airline witnessed a noteworthy 0.7 percentage point increase in load factor, reaching an impressive 85.4%. What do these figures signify for Volaris and its passengers?

Load Factor Surge

The load factor surge to 85.4% highlights Volaris’ adeptness in optimizing its available seating capacity.

A higher load factor indicates that a greater percentage of the airline’s seats were occupied, enhancing operational efficiency and potentially reducing costs, a critical factor for an ultra-low-cost carrier.

Passenger Movement Analysis

While the total number of passengers transported in December 2023 saw a modest 4.6% decrease compared to the same period in 2022, a more in-depth look reveals intriguing trends in domestic and international travel.


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Domestic vs. International Dynamics

Volaris witnessed an 11.1% decrease in domestic RPMs, reflecting a nuanced trend in the Mexican market.

On the contrary, international RPMs recorded an impressive 18.4% increase, hinting at a potential shift in demand patterns or the airline’s successful expansion strategies.

A Volaris Airbus A320 is marshalling to a parking spot.
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Insights from Volaris Leadership

Enrique Beltranena, the President and CEO of Volaris, expressed confidence in the resilience of the airline’s network and the robustness of its business plan for 2024.

Beltranena emphasized the positive impact of the changes implemented in the network, which, combined with holiday season demand, resulted in high-single-digit year-over-year total unit revenue growth.

Looking Ahead to 2024

As Volaris positions itself for the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, the CEO’s statement regarding sustained trends in the first quarter indicates a positive trajectory.

The airline’s booking curve, a crucial metric in forecasting future demand, instills further confidence in the continuity of this growth pattern.

Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. – Volaris (NYSE: VLRS) operates as an ultra-low-cost carrier with point-to-point operations, serving a vast network across Mexico, the United States, Central, and South America.

Volaris’ Growth Trajectory

Since its inception in March 2006, Volaris has evolved significantly, expanding its routes from 5 to an impressive 231 and its fleet from 4 to 129 aircraft.

With over 550 daily flight segments connecting 43 cities in Mexico and 28 cities in the United States, Central, and South America, Volaris boasts the youngest fleet in Mexico.

Passenger-Centric Approach

Volaris distinguishes itself by offering low base fares, prioritizing quality service, and providing extensive customer choice.

The airline caters to a diverse passenger base, including those visiting friends and relatives, as well as cost-conscious business and leisure travelers.

Notably, Volaris has been recognized for its commitment to social corporate responsibility, receiving the ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for fourteen consecutive years.

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