MEXICO CITY - Volaris, the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, as part of their active expansion plan today announced the introduction of new international service from Cancun, Quintana Roo to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico, effective July 2nd operating with two flights per week.
During a press conference, Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena, addressed the importance of including San Juan in the Volaris destination roster and informed the carrier is the only one to connect Mexico with this important Caribbean island in the last 15 years. "Today we are announcing expansion of our coverage to a total of 60 destinations. Sure enough, Puerto Rico is now closer than ever to Mexico! Plus, with Volaris' clean and clear fares, this a truly irresistible destination."
"Incorporating Puerto Rico into the Volaris route network responds to our expansion strategy for the region. It also underscores our commitment to Cancun, where we are currently servicing 18 destinations and operating 257 flights per week," Beltranena said.
He further explained this service opens doors to diversify the island's offering, "At Volaris we are committed to promoting air connectivity for the country's most important cities, which in turn fosters their economic development. This is why we are offering connections from Mexico City, Monterrey, and Tijuana, which helps our Customers avoid long layovers at other locations," he said.
Volaris continues to strengthen its positioning as the Mexican airline with the most extensive route network throughout Mexico and the US, totaling 139 routes to 60 destinations – 22 international and 38 domestic. Since its inauguration, Volaris has transported nearly 50 million passengers, 7 million of which have been for international travel.
"Volaris' arrival to Puerto Rico is part of concerted efforts by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company to extend access to our destination. With this flight, we are restoring direct connection from our Island to Mexico, which is the Latin American country sending the highest number of visitors to Puerto Rico," said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "Now, arriving in San Juan will be much easier and affordable for tourists who visit us from Mexico," she added.
Agustin Arellano, Chief Development Officer at Aerostar Airport Holdings, the managing company of San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport said, "Today we are enthusiastically celebrating the arrival of Volaris to Boricua territory. We extend a warm welcome to this carrier, not only for opening a new route for us, but also because it enables us to reassert our commitment of projecting Puerto Rico as the ideal Caribbean destination before the eyes of the world." He expanded, "Volaris' incursion to the Caribbean as part of our operational offering positions us as the first cruise travel destination in the Caribbean. With two flights per week, it will clearly provide better options for the varied tourism offering generated in Puerto Rico."
Separately, Asur General Director, Adolfo Castro, said, "At ASUR we are delighted with the announcement of the new Cancun – San Juan route, not only are we talking about a new link between Mexico and Puerto Rico, something that hadn't happened in 15 years, but also, this brings our two airports together, with greater passenger traffic: San Juan and Cancun, serving 8.6 and 17.5 million passengers in 2014 respectively. Added to Volaris' successful formula, this looks to be quite a promising route, congratulations for that!"
For those interested in the new service, flight schedules, including dates and times of operation, are announced as follows:
Cancun, Quintana Roo – San Juan, Puerto Rico (Effective July 2. Thursdays and Sundays)
- Departing Cancun, Quintana Roo at 11:30 hrs., arriving San Juan, Puerto Rico at 15:50 hrs.
- Departing San Juan, Puerto Rico at 17:20 hrs., arriving Cancun, Quintana Roo at 19:40 hrs.
Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort also announced a new direct flight offered by Mexican airline Volaris from Cancun, Quintana Roo to San Juan, Puerto Rico and connecting with Mexico City. Volaris is the Mexican low-cost airline with more routes in Mexico and the United States. This route will begin operating on a weekly basis as of July 2, 2015, every Thursday and Sunday.
"With this agreement to restore a direct route to Mexico, we greatly extend the framework of opportunities to establish business relations with Latin America, which complements our efforts to once again approach these countries. We owe this achievement to the promotional efforts we have supported in the region and the work of commercial offices that allow us to move forward towards the internationalization of the economy of Puerto Rico,” said Department of Economic Development and Trade Secretary, Alberto Baco.
"The arrival of Volaris to Puerto Rico is part of PRTC’s efforts to expand air access to our destination. With this achievement, we restore the direct connection of our island to Mexico, which is the Latin American country that sends the most visitors to Puerto Rico. Visiting San Juan will now be easier and cheaper for tourists visiting us from this sister country," said Rivera Rocafort.
At a press conference, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Volaris, Holger Blankenstein, spoke about the importance of including San Juan within the airline’s portfolio of destinations, while emphasizing that Volaris is the only airline to connect Mexico with the Caribbean island.
"Today we expand our coverage to 60 destinations,” said Blankenstein. “Puerto Rico will now be closer than ever to Mexico! And not only that, the clean rates offered at Volaris make it an irresistible destination. Including Puerto Rico within the range of destinations offered at Volaris responds to our expansion strategy in the region. In addition, this reinforces our commitment to Cancun, a city where we have a range of 18 destinations and operate 257 weekly flights. Also, there will be connections from Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana, and that way our customers avoid long layovers in other destinations."
Volaris continues to strengthen its position as the Mexican airline with more routes in Mexico and the United States, offering 139 routes to 60 destinations, of which 22 are international and 38 national. In addition, the airline has transported nearly 50 million customers since its inception nine years ago, of which 7 million have been international.
"Today we celebrate with enthusiasm the announcement of the arrival of Volaris to Puerto Rican soil,” said Agustin Arellano, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aerostar Airport Holdings, a management company of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. “We welcome the airline, not only because a new route is introduced, but because we can reaffirm our commitment to feature Puerto Rico as an ideal Caribbean destination in the eyes of the world. The inclusion of Volaris as part of operations, positions us as the leading destination for cruise travel in the Caribbean. With its twice a week operation, it undoubtedly offers the best options for the varied tourism generated in Puerto Rico."
Mexico City and Cancun, Quintana Roo - San Juan, Puerto Rico (As of July 2, on Thursdays and Sundays)
- Departing from Mexico City at 7:35 a.m., and arriving at Cancun, Quintana Roo at 9:55 a.m.; Departing to San Juan, Puerto Rico at 11:30 a.m. and arriving at 3:50 p.m.
- Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico at 5:20 p.m., and arriving at Cancun, Quintana Roo at 7:40 p.m.; Departing to Mexico City at 9:45 p.m. and arriving at 12:10 a.m.