Monday, January 30, 2017

Service from MIA to Guadalajara begins Feb. 1

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will launch service at Miami International Airport (MIA) on Feb. 1, with its first of 11 flights each week to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

The start of service will be marked by a press conference featuring remarks by officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), Volaris and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). That will be followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate the new service.

Volaris A320
Volaris (NYSE:VLRS) will operate four weekly flights to Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL) and daily flights to Mexico City (MEX) using Airbus A320 aircraft. According to SeatGuru.com, Volaris' A320 aircraft have only economy class seating with 174 economy seats that are 18 inches wide with between 30 and 32 inches of pitch.

Guadalajara will become MIA’s sixth destination within Mexico, while Volaris will be the airport’s fourth airline serving Mexico and its eighth low-cost carrier. For its part, Volaris' web site describes the carrier as, "A Mexican airline with more than 60 destinations in Mexico, USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Puerto Rico, offering you a low cost flight with the opportunity to customize your trip by adding extras."

Volaris' entry to the MIA market is just one of several new international routes that will launch in 2017.

In April, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air will launch three weekly flights to Reykjavík, Iceland (KEF), and Italian airline Meridiana will begin two weekly flights to Milan.

Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus will launch first-ever service between Dublin, Ireland (DUB) and Miami International Airport (MIA) beginning Sept. 1 and will connect the two cities with three flights weekly. Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland and the country’s second-largest airline behind budget carrier Ryanair,

The A330-200 will carry 266 passengers including 23 in First Class seats with lie-flat beds. First Class seats are 21 inches wide with 58 inches of pitch, according to SeatGuru.com. The 243 economy seats are 17 inches wide and offer 31 inches of pitch.

Officials called the new service “another key international route” and noted that it brings the number of airlines serving MIA to 107, a new record.

“We are extremely pleased to add a Four-Star carrier of Aer Lingus's caliber to our growing roster of airlines,” Emilio González, Miami-Dade Aviation Director, added. “We look forward to developing our new connection with Ireland and to strengthening our ties all across Europe."

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