Volaris airlines, the Mexican discount carrier, received permission last week from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin flying between L.A./Ontario International Airport and Guadalajara, Mexico.
If and when the airline actually starts service in another story. I have reached out to Volaris officials but have not heard back. The airport manager, Jess Romo, told me in an email that the service is still in the preliminary stages.
“Volaris has still not advised LAWA on any new service to/from ONT,” Romo said. “I may have mentioned that oftentimes foreign carriers make applications to a number of US cities without definitive air service plans. We will continue our outreach and stand ready to help support new service here at ONT.”
The Ontario airport is not doing so well these days, and any new service there is a big deal. The airport has lost more than 40 percent of its traffic since 2007. My colleague, Liset Marquez, recently wrote that things were so bad that the TGI Friday’s closed.
Even if Volaris does open the new flight, it will not actually be a new route for Ontario Airport. Aeromexico already flies between Ontario and Guadalajara.
The city of Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles World Airports may proceed, a state court judge ruled on Wednesday.
Ontario officials contend that Los Angeles World Airports has mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, which has lost more than 40 percent of its air traffic since 2007. The airport authority, a department of the city of Los Angeles, also manages Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport
Ontario wants to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles and has sued to make that a reality. Ontario officials believe they could do a better job at managing the facility.
My colleague Liset Marquez has a full analysis of today’s Riverside County Superior Court ruling.
Airline planners must like what they see on the Ontario, Calif. to Guadalajara route.
On the same week that Volaris announced its intention to fly the route, Aeromexico decided to make its flight daily. Starting Oct. 1, Aeromexico will add three more weekly frequencies, according to airport spokeswoman Maria Tesoro.
Mexican airline Volaris wants to fly between Ontario, outside Los Angeles, and Guadalajara. Photo courtesy of Volaris.
There’s finally some good news for L.A./Ontario International Airport.
Mexican discount airline Volaris wants to fly between Ontario and Guadalajara, according to documents it filed this week with the U.S. Department of Transportation. It would operate the flights using A319 or A320 aircraft, and would begin service soon after government approval, according to filing.
Volaris is a relatively new airline, having begun operations in 2006. Volaris has a fleet of about 42 A319s and A320s in an all-coach configuration.
By now, most Southern California aviation aficionados know the sad story of L.A./Ontario International Airport. Traffic has fallen by more than 40 percent since 2007. The two terminals are nearly empty. The aesthetics of the place are less than stellar.
Los Angeles World Airports, which runs the airport, puts out traffic reports every month. By this point, everyone is used to falling numbers. But July seemed particularly difficult in terms of numbers.