MIAMI — Mexican low-cost carriers continue to grow their presence on trans-border routes, with both Volaris and Aeromar planning new and expanded service to the United States in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to the Airline Route blog.

The expansion comes in the wake of the new U.S. – Mexico bilateral air service agreement that loosens restrictions on both American and Mexican carriers flying trans-border routes. However, many of the new routes and frequencies from Aeromar and Volaris come on city pairs that were not restricted previously under the bilateral.

Aeromar is planning new nonstop service from Hermosillo to Tucson, Arizona beginning October 3, 2016 with four weekly flights utilizing ATR 72-600 equipment (seating 68 passengers). Tucson will be the second U.S. destination for Aeromar, who also serves McAllen, Texas from its Mexico City hub. Aeromar previously served Austin and San Antonio, Texas in the United States as well.

The route from Hermosillo qualifies as point to point in Aeromar’s network, as most of the carrier’s routes are from its home base at Mexico City. Aeromar is a primarily domestic regional Mexican carrier with a fleet of 15 ATR turboprops (12 ATR 42s and 3 ATR 72s) that it flies to 29 domestic and now two international destinations. It is one of Mexico’s smaller airlines.

Conversely, Volaris is the country’s third largest carrier and already serves 23 destinations in the United States. Volaris is planning two new routes and 15 additional frequencies on existing routes in Q4.

Volaris is an all-Airbus operator, with over 50 A320 family aircraft. (Credits: Alan Wilson)
Volaris is an all-Airbus operator, with over 50 A320 family aircraft. (Credits: Alan Wilson)

Beginning October 10, Volaris will launch new nonstop service from its Mexico City hub to San Francisco four times per week. Twice weekly service from Monterrey to Denver will follow beginning December 1. In between on November 1, Volaris will add two, seven, and one weekly frequencies on its routes from Los Angeles to Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Zacatecas respectively. Mexico City – Las Vegas will see 2 additional frequencies per week begining November 3, and Los Angeles – Leon Guanajuato will get one additional frequency beginning November 7. Volaris continues to grow its footprint in the United States.