|Hubs||Gen. Mariano Escobedo Int'l Airport - Monterrey
Mexico City International Airport - Mexico City
|Focus cities||Guadalajara de Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l Airport - Guadalajara
Federal de Bachigualato International Airport - Culiacán
|Fleet size||23 (+ 52 orders)|
|Company slogan||The low cost airline of Mexico|
|Parent company||Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.|
|Headquarters||General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
|Key people||Roberto Alcántara (Chairman)
Juan Carlos Zuazua (CEO)
Víctor Hernández (COO)
Roberto Valdez (CCO)
Aeroenlaces Nacionales, S.A. de C.V., trading as VivaAerobus.com, is a Mexican low cost airline part-owned by the founders of Europe's biggest low-cost carrier, Ryanair and the biggest bus company group in Mexico, IAMSA. It has its corporate headquarters in the Cargo Zone of Terminal C on the grounds of General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Apodaca, Nuevo León.
VivaAerobus started operations on November 30, 2006 with its hub at General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY), in Monterrey, Mexico. The airline initially connected General Mariano Escobedo International Airport to a number of Mexican domestic locations and, in July 2007, publicly confirmed their intention to open their first base outside of Mexico and first US destination in Austin, Texas. The airline currently flies between Monterrey and twenty one other Mexican cities, Chicago Midway, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Houston.
VivaAerobus is co-owned by the Ryan family, founders of Ryanair and the Mexican bus company IAMSA. The Ryans joined with Maurice Mason of Kite Investments to establish "RyanMex" to facilitate the Irish family's investment in the Mexican airline. RyanMex hold 49 percent of shares in the airline, while IAMSA will have the remaining majority stake. It started off with an initial investment of $50 million and two Boeing 737-300 airliners bearing its vivid green and red dots logo. The airline has served 1.3 million passengers in its first year of operations and anticipates handling 2.4 million passengers in 2008.
VivaAerobus fares were intended to undercut traditional Mexican carriers by up to 50 percent, in a change of the industry that started with the arrival of the country's first low-cost airlines (Avolar, Click Mexicana, Interjet, Volaris) and the privatization of Mexicana, one of the two top national airlines. On November 5, 2007 the airline received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, initially serving the Mexican destinations of Cancún, Monterrey, Guadalajara and León. Flights to the South Terminal Austin began on May 1, 2008.
On May 16, 2009, VivaAerobus stated it would cease passenger operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on May 31, 2009. The airline blamed the pullout in part on the outbreak of the swine flu, which caused an unprecedented decrease in demand for service. The company began to fly between Monterrey and Las Vegas since summer of 2009.
In April 2010, the airline finally arrived to Mexico's capital with two flights one from Monterrey and the other from Guadalajara. They also started serving Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
In September 2010, the airline will serve a focus city at Mexico City International Airport on October 1 after Mexicana ceased operations. It will offer 6 more flights making Mexico City a focus city.
VivaAerobus will switch Mexico City focus city into a hub on April 1, 2011, beginning more destinations.
On August 15, 2011 VivaAerobus announced it will begin round-trip service between San Antonio (SAT) and Monterrey (MTY), Mexico starting in November 2011. The new non-stop service to and from SAT and MTY will begin with three flights per week.
On April 13, 2012 VivaAerobus ceased flights to Chicago Midway.
The airline also gives the passengers some reading entertainment by providing at no cost Enviva Magazine.
VivaAerobus operated a bus shuttle between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport South Terminal and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in eastern Houston in addition to a bus shuttle between the Austin airport and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in downtown San Antonio for passengers on flights going to and from Cancún and Monterrey.
The Viva Aerobus fleet consists of the following aircraft, with an average age of 22.4 years (as of August 2013).
- VivaAerobus Official Site (Spanish)
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- "Contact." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "HEADQUARTERS: Aeropuerto de Monterrey, Terminal C, Zona de carga Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 Apodaca, Nuevo León, México C.P. 66600"
- Eaton, Tim. "VivaAerobus to cease operations out of Austin-Bergstrom." Austin American-Statesman. Saturday May 16, 2009. Accessed May 16, 2009.
- "." SAT WELCOMES VivaAerobus TO SAN ANTONIO.
- "Know Before You Go." Vivaaerobus. Retrieved on January 12, 2009.
- Shuttle El Paso-Ciudad Juárez Accessed December 9, 2008.
- "Shuttle Austin-Houston." VivaAerobus. Accessed October 25, 2008.
- Austin-San Antonio Accessed December 9, 2008.