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Volaris adds new routes from Mérida and says there is more to come

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Established in 2006 Volaris has been highly aggressive in its investments and is now Mexico’s largest domestic airline by market share. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The low-cost airline Volaris has officially opened its new direct flight between Mérida and Guanajuato.

The new direct flight will also bring Mérida closer than ever to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s high-altitude expat enclave since the mid-20th century.

In March, Mérida’s international airport registered nearly a quarter of a million passengers in a single month, an all-time record.

The announcement comes as the airline promises to continue increasing Yucatán’s connectivity with the rest of the country. 

“Merida is a priority for Volaris, we are thrilled with the results so far and have no plans of slowing down,” said Omar Carrera, the airline’s commercial director.

Other airlines including VivaAerobus seem to be following a similar strategy and have recently announced several new domestic flights.  

Earlier: The smart traveler’s guide to flying to the Yucatán Peninsula

During the past couple of years, Volaris has also increased its international routes to destinations in North, Central, and South America. 

Aside from its daily flights from Mérida to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, other popular destinations now include Oaxaca and Tijuana

“I have family in Oaxaca, so being able to just hop on a plane to go visit and be there in under two hours is amazing,” said Fernanda Olivar to Yucatán Magazine.

Oaxaca is a popular destination for domestic and international travelers thanks to its thriving cultural scene, distinct cuisine, and history. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magaizne

Volaris is based in Mexico City with major hubs in Guadalajara and Tijuana. It is Mexico’s second-largest airline after Aeroméxico and the leading airline in the domestic market with a share of 28% of traffic. 

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