Volaris added to its expanding route network connecting Mexico and the United States this week when its first nonstop flight between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) landed in Houston.
The inaugural service was celebrated when the March 25 flight touched down in Houston. It was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute and dozens of well-wishers.
“Houston already enjoys greater connectivity with Mexico than any other city in the United States and that bond is going to be even stronger with the arrival of Volaris,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. “Volaris recognizes Houston’s position as a growing global hub with limitless potential and we are thrilled they are expanding our region’s footprint with more valuable air service to Mexico.”
Volaris’ arrival is the latest in a parade of new service options coming to IAH. Six new international carriers either launched or announced Houston service at IAH between January 2014 and January 2015. Bush Airport serves as a global gateway to more than 70 international destinations and offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other U.S. airport.
“Passengers at Bush Airport continue to enjoy an unprecedented level of connectivity with Latin America and new partners like Volaris are helping to make that connection even stronger,” Diaz said. “This new non-stop service complements the continued expansion of the international service available at IAH and will provide Volaris’ customers with even better access to our dynamic, growing city and all that it offers.”
Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena agreed the new flight reinforces the carrier’s commitment for expansion into the U.S. market.