Mexican discount airline Volaris plans to start twice weekly service from Guadalajara to L.A./Ontario International Airport, confirming an L.A. Airspace report from September, when we discovered the carrier’s application with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
This is somewhat big news for Ontario, which has been steadily losing passenger traffic in the past five years. But it actually does not give the airport a new destination. Aeromexico is already flying daily to Guadalajara.
Ontario is the seventh California destination for Volaris. It joins Los Angeles, Oakland/San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento in the carrier’s route network.
Here’s the schedule:
- Guadalajara, Jalisco – Ontario, California. (Starting April 12th. Wednesday and Saturday) Departing from Guadalajara at 22:40 hrs., arriving to Ontario at 00:05 hrs
- Ontario – Guadalajara, (Starting April 13th. Thursday and Sunday) Departing from Ontario at 01:20 hrs., arriving to Guadalajara at 06:45 hrs
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.
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.