Volaris makes inaugural flight to Phoenix

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The largest Mexican low-cost airline made its inaugural flight to the Valley this weekend.

Volaris’ first flight from Guadalajara, Mexico to Sky Harbor Airport arrived on Saturday.

Back in June, the airline announced that it will be flying from Sky Harbor Airport to Guadalajara and Mexico City three times a week. Mexico City flights will begin Dec. 4.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said on Saturday that they are very happy to have Volaris flying to and from the Valley.

“We are so fortunate in this community to have another way to welcome our friends, family and business partners from Mexico, thanks to Volaris,” said Stanton. “Phoenix Sky Harbor is continuing to recover from the national economic downturn and new airlines joining our airport is true evidence of that.”

Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris, said they look forward to helping Valley residents travel south of the border.

“For nearly 1.7 million residents of Mexican origin living in Phoenix and for all of Arizona, this is a great day as we offer an outstanding way to travel at the best fares. We are helping to bring together families and friends on both sides of the border," said Beltranena.

Sky Harbor Airport currently offers nonstop flights to 20 international cities.

By adding Phoenix to its network, Volaris now serves 11 U.S. destinations, including airports in California, Colorado and Nevada.