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Viva Aerobus To Open Sixth Base, Launches Three Routes
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Viva Aerobus To Open Sixth Base, Launches Three Routes

Viva Aerobus is to open a new base at Mérida International Airport (MID) in Mexico’s Yucatan state, which will become the airline’s sixth base in the country.

The ULCC plans to station two aircraft at the airport from December, increasing to three from 2023. Three new routes are being launched, taking the total number of services offered to and from Mérida to 10.

“Adding Mérida as our sixth base of operations will not only help us meet our growth goals; it will also boost tourism and economic development in the region,” Viva Aerobus CEO Juan Carlos Zuazua said.

“We see good market opportunities in the city, where we have the confidence and preference of passengers. So far this year, traffic to/from Merida has increased by 52% compared to January-July 2021, totaling more than 595,000 passengers.”

The first of Viva Aerobus’ three new routes from Mérida will begin on Sept. 26, operating daily to Mexico City Toluca (TLC). Two more services will launch in December to Guanajuato (BJX) and Queretaro (QRO), both of which will operate 2X-weekly. Flights to BJX begin on Dec. 16 followed by QRO two days later. All three routes are unserved.

Michelle Fridman, head of the Secretariat of Tourism of Yucatan, described Viva Aerobus’ new base as a “turning point for Yucatan and its connectivity,” saying that the airline’s expansion from the region would increase frequencies, open up new domestic destinations, and later link MID to international points.

According to data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser, Viva Aerobus is already the largest carrier by capacity operating from Mérida. For the week commencing Aug. 29, the airline is offering 12,472 departure seats from the airport, giving it a 32.3% share of the available capacity. Volaris is second, with a 31.5% share, followed by Aeromexico with 28.6%.

The new Viva Aerobus base joins the carrier’s existing bases in Monterrey (MTY), Guadalajara (GDL), Cancun (CUN), Mexico City (MEX) and Tijuana (TIJ)…

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