IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedAugust 2005; 17 years ago (2005-08)
Commenced operationsMarch 13, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-03-13)
AOC #Z5XF131F[1]
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programVClub
Fleet size115
Parent companyVuela Compañia de Aviación
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
Key peopleEnrique Beltranena (CEO)
RevenueDecrease US$1,111 million (2020)
Net incomeDecrease -US$215 million (2020)[2]
Employees7,208 (2022)

Volaris, legally Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación S.A.B. de C.V., is a Mexican low-cost airline based in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City with its hubs in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana, and focus cities in Cancún, León, and Monterrey. It is Mexico's second largest airline after Aeroméxico and serves domestic and international destinations within the Americas. It is the leading airline in the Mexican domestic airline market, with a market share of over 28% of domestic traffic.[3]


The pre-operations phase, the founding of the legal entities and setting up of the required infrastructure, started in August 2005 under the name Vuela Airlines. The idea for the airline was formed from the proposed "Vuelamex" project.[4] Major initial shareholders of the company were Grupo Televisa (the world's biggest Spanish-language media conglomerate), Inbursa (an insurance company owned by multi-billionaire Carlos Slim), TACA Airlines and the Discovery Americas Fund. Each of these partners invested 25% of the initial cost of activities, or 100 million USD.[5]

In July 2010,[6] it was announced that Televisa and Inbursa had sold their stake in Volaris leaving the ownership of Volaris as follows: TACA Airlines with Roberto and Maria Cristina Kriete (50%), Investment fund Discovery Americas (over 25%) and Indigo Partners: Fund led by former America West CEO Bill Franke.

Ticket sales started in January 2006. Following the delivery of the airline's first aircraft, the first non-commercial flight was operated in February 2006. Scheduled revenue flights were launched on March 13, 2006, with the inaugural flight being between Toluca to Tijuana.

Volaris began service to Mexico City in September 2010 after absorbing flight routes from two defunct Mexican airlines, Aerocalifornia and Mexicana. In March 2011, the airline announced that its hub in Toluca would move to Guadalajara.

In June 2012, the airline launched a frequent flyer program called VClub.[7] It is the membership program that provides special fares, offers, last minute travel deals and other perks. Customers can save up to 40% using the VClub membership. In June 2012, PayPal became a payment alternative for the airline, enabling customers to purchase tickets directly from the airline's website.[8] In September 2012, Volaris announced a codeshare partnership with a German airline, Condor. Passengers of Condor are able to fly to more international destinations.[9]

On March 13, 2013, the airline celebrated its seventh anniversary, offering passengers 70% off all flights, it has done this every year since then.[10] Volaris announced the creation of a subsidiary, Volaris Costa Rica, in March 2016.[11][12] The subsidiary, based at Juan Santamaría International Airport in the Costa Rican capital of San José, started operations in November 2016.[13]

As of 2022, Volaris has faced multiple class-action lawsuits due to failure to properly refund flights canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14][15]

International operations

In November 2008, Volaris announced a codeshare agreement with U.S.-based low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines.

In April 2009, Volaris announced the start of U.S.-bound flights out of Toluca and Guadalajara (initially to Los Angeles and Oakland) to feed into the hubs of Southwest Airlines. Later on, U.S. flights were also offered from Zacatecas and Morelia, with Monterrey-Los Angeles and Fresno in planning.

In December 2010, Volaris started services between Chicago/Midway and Guadalajara. It was Volaris' fourth international destination, first international service to a secondary airport and the longest route in Volaris' history. After Mexicana de Aviación's shutdown, Volaris took over many of Mexicana's international destinations and flights from its focus city, Guadalajara.

Volaris would began service to Fresno in April 2011. Fresno was Volaris' first US destination where it did not partner with Southwest Airlines. The airline began using Guadalajara International Airport as an American gateway hub in late 2011.

Volaris sought permission to fly between Dallas/Fort Worth and Mexico City, along with a number of other U.S.-Mexico routes. Volaris submitted the request in February 2011 and the U.S. Department of Transportation granted approval on February 11.[16] Volaris launched the service four years later, in April 2015, when it began flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Guadalajara.[17]

Volaris received approval to fly to San Diego International Airport in July 2012. Volaris then began non-stop flights between Orlando and Guadalajara on July 14, 2012.[18]

Volaris started service between Sacramento and Guadalajara in November 2012. Volaris began flights between Denver and Mexico City in December 2012.

In February 2013, Volaris and Southwest stopped codesharing. Southwest decided to focus more on the Mexican market with AirTran Airways, instead of codesharing with Volaris.[19][20]

Volaris began flights between Phoenix and Guadalajara in October 2013.

Volaris began flying to its first destination in Texas, San Antonio, from Guadalajara in December 2013.[21] Volaris started its new route from Mexico City to San Antonio in September 2017.

Volaris began non-stop flights between Chicago/O'Hare and Mexico City in December 2013.[22] This replaced Volaris' Chicago/Midway-Mexico City flights.

Volaris began flights between Guadalajara and Ontario, California, a reliever airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, in April 2014.[23]

Volaris applied to fly Mexicana's former Portland to Guadalajara route. The application was granted and service to Portland began in October 2014.[24] Volaris has since taken over Mexicana's former Portland to Morelia route, scheduled to start in 2021.[25]

Volaris began serving its second destination in Florida, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, from Mexico City on December 1, 2014, and then from Guadalajara on December 4, 2014.[26] The airline later ceased flying to Fort Lauderdale and replaced the route with non-stop flights to Miami from Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Volaris began non-stop flights between Reno–Tahoe International Airport and Guadalajara in December 2014.[27]

Volaris planned to launch service to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas as soon as the new terminal was completed,[28] but the airline chose to begin flying to Houston-Intercontinental from Guadalajara in March 2015, instead.[29]

Volaris began its first non-stop flights to the Northeastern United States, when it began service between New York-JFK and Guadalajara in July 2015,[30] and in March 2017, started non-stop service between Mexico City and New York-JFK.

In the summer of 2015, Volaris launched its first ever international flights outside the Continental United States; to Guatemala on June 18,[31] to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 2,[32] and to San José, Costa Rica on September 10.[33]

In July 2016, Volaris began service to Seattle from Guadalajara.[34]

In July 2016, Volaris began non-stop flights between Monterrey and Dallas/Fort Worth.[35][36]

Volaris began the first service link between Austin and Guadalajara in August 2016.[34]

In 2018, Volaris confirmed it does not plan to fly to Santiago de Chile,[37] and would rather focus on the US, Central America and domestic markets, after a local newspaper announced the airline had plans to begin operations in South America.[38]

In March 2017, Volaris began non-stop service between Guadalajara and Milwaukee.[39]

In January 2018, Volaris announced a codeshare agreement with American low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines.

In November 2018, Volaris started flights to Albuquerque from Guadalajara. Volaris was the first Mexican airline to fly to Albuquerque since Aeroméxico in 2009.[40] This flight was discontinued in June 2019, along with a very short-lived (2 week) Albuquerque-Chihuahua flight [41]

In November 2018, Volaris started flights to Charlotte from Guadalajara.[42]

Corporate affairs


The airline is headquartered in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City.[43] It formerly had its headquarters on the first floor of Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 490 in Peña Blanca, Santa Fe.[44]


Volaris cabins are configured in a single class, high density layout.

Volaris does not provide complimentary meals or drinks on its flights. Passengers may purchase items on board from the "Entre nubes" buy on board program.[45] Onboard sales are an important part of the airline's ancillary revenue. Items such as snacks, pillows, blankets and Volaris-branded items are sold on board.[46] Volaris' monthly inflight magazine is called "V de Volaris".[47]

The airline had previously provided in-flight entertainment (IFE) in most aircraft, utilizing drop-down screens on its Airbus aircraft. By 2019, all use of IFE had been discontinued.[48]

Frequent flyer program

VClub is Volaris' frequent flyer program. It gives members exclusive deals on flights, baggage and packages. The airline offers individual and group memberships, with the option to pay monthly or annually. Volaris offers VPass, similar to Spirit's "$9 Fare Club". It offers a set subscription price, and charges customers only for taxes and additional services.[49] Customers can book codeshare flights and earn points through fellow ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines.[50]

Corporate identity

New billboard-style livery of the airline, introduced in September 2017[51]
New billboard-style livery of the airline, introduced in September 2017[51]
Volaris Airbus A320-200 in its former livery version.
Volaris Airbus A320-200 in its former livery version.


Brand image

The Volaris logo, since its launch in 2005, has been a colorful, pixelated star against a black background.[54] It represents the north star, Polaris, after which the airline's name is derived from.[55]

Advertising slogans

Volaris has used several slogans over the years:


Main article: List of Volaris destinations

Countries in which Volaris operates (May 2023)[64][65]
Countries in which Volaris operates (May 2023)[64][65]

Volaris operates scheduled flights to Mexico and elsewhere in the Americas from its hubs at Guadalajara International Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico City International Airport in Mexico City, and Tijuana International Airport in Tijuana. Focus cities include Cancún International Airport in Cancún, Bajío International Airport in León, and Monterrey International Airport in Monterrey.

Operating bases

Volaris operates crew bases at the following airports:[66]

Codeshare agreements


Current fleet

As of June 2023, the Volaris fleet consists of the following aircraft:[69]

Volaris fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 1 144 [69]
Airbus A320-200 40 174 [69]
Airbus A320neo 45 14 186 [69]
Airbus A321-200 10 220 [69]
Airbus A321neo 20 85 230 [70]
Total 115 100

Fleet development

See also


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