Volaris, a Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) has begun new non-stop routes from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO). The new service make Chicago and Los Angeles Volaris’ most serviced in the U.S.
In a press release, Volaris said that “connecting these two important cities on both sides of the border will help overcome the nearly 2.8 million passengers that transported the firm during 2016 to the United States”.
20minutos.com, a Mexican news website, reports that these new routes are the first international flights from Querétaro.
“These two new routes are key to Volaris’ drive to connect our ‘Visiting Friends and Relatives’ (VFR) audience on both sides of the border,” said Holger Blankenstein, Chief Commercial Officer at Volaris. “By adding non-stop service from Querétaro to both Chicago and Los Angeles we follow through on our commitment to providing affordable and accessible travel options to our customers while simultaneously strengthening our foothold in two of the most important cities in North America.”
Flights between MDW and QRO operate on a twice-weekly basis on Fridays and Saturdays. Flights leave Chicago at 12:10pm and arrive in Querétaro at 4:42pm. The return flight will then depart Querétaro at 5:27pm and arrive in Chicago at 9:10pm.
“This new service from Querétaro is great news for Chicago and passengers at Midway International Airport. New international flights increase business and tourism opportunities,” said Ginger Evans, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. “This route from Volaris will expand air connections between Chicago and Mexico.”
Flights to LAX will operate on a Tuesday and Saturday schedule. Flights will depart LAX at 11:45 and will arrive in Querétaro at 3:22pm. They will then depart Querétaro at 5:07pm and will arrive at LAX at 8:00pm.