Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, announced its affiliate, Vuela Aviación, S.A., was awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) of the United States of America a Foreign Air Carrier Permit to provide:
1) Foreign scheduled transportation of persons, property, and mail from points behind Costa Rica via Costa Rica and intermediate points to a point or points in the United States and beyond; and
2) charter air transportation between any point or points in Costa Rica and any point or points in the United States, and between any point or points in the United States and any point or points in a third country or countries, provided that, such service constitutes part of a continuous operation, with or without a change of aircraft, that includes service to the homeland for the purpose of carrying local traffic between Costa Rica and the United States.
Volaris Costa Rica will initiate operations to and from the United States of America on March 15, 2018.
Volaris Costa Rica operated its first revenue flight from San Jose to Guatemala City on November 30, 2016 using an Airbus A320 wet-leased from Volaris (Mexico).
Volaris seeks to replicate its ultra-low-cost model in Central America by offering low base fares and point-to-point service in the region.
Volaris Costa Rica initiated sales of four routes from Central America to the following U.S. destinations: Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), and Washington D.C.(IAD) from San Jose.
Volaris Costa Rica is expected to launch operations with two Airbus A319s and two Airbus A320s.
Copyright Photo: Volaris Airbus A320-271N WL N530VL (msn 7626) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940138.