MONTERREY, NL – The Mexican airline Viva Aerobús officially began operations on the Monterrey-Bogotá route, which for the first time will connect the two cities nonstop.
The Secretary of Tourism of Nuevo Leon, Maricarmen Martinez Villarreal and the Secretary of Tourism of the Federal Government, Miguel Torruco Marques witnessed the start of the route; in a ceremony that was held at the Monterrey International Airport and was attended by the Consul General of Colombia in Mexico, Andres Hernandez Ramirez; the Director of Airport Operations of OMA, Enrique Navarro and the CEO of Viva Aerobus, Juan Carlos Zuazua.
“We see this new Viva Aerobus route as synonymous with opportunities for Nuevo León to continue to strengthen its position internationally as a destination where business and fun become one,” said Martínez Villarreal.
With this new route, Viva Aerobus reaffirmed its leadership in Monterrey, one of its six operating bases, as the airline with the largest offer. It currently operates 70 daily flights and offers 31 routes within Mexico from/to the capital of Nuevo Leon and, now, 8 international services.
The government of Nuevo Leon stated that so far this year, the airline has already added five routes in Monterrey to Bogota, Puerto Escondido, Mexicali, Cozumel and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo (the latter two as seasonal routes).
“We applaud Viva Aerobus for continuing to bring more international destinations closer to Mexico. This way, more people can visit us and discover the richness of our country. In addition, Monterrey – Bogota starts at an ideal time, that is, before the beginning of summer, which is the travel season with the highest demand. This way, the entire tourism chain is favored and a greater local economic benefit is generated,” said Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco.
This new route offers two flights a week and is operated with Airbus A320 and A31 aircraft that are part of the youngest fleet in Mexico, and the fourth youngest in North America, with an average age of only five years. Tickets for this new international service start at USD $77 for a single trip, plus taxes.
Monterrey International Airport, as the HUB of northern Mexico, aims to consolidate opportunities that promote both tourism and business.
Monterrey – Bogota is designed to serve one of the most dynamic air markets in the Americas: Mexico-Colombia. According to the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, in the first four months of the year, Colombia was the third country that sent the most visitors to Mexico by air, with more than 237,000 tourists, behind only the United States and Canada.
According to the latest monthly tourism report of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mexicans also ranked third in terms of foreign visitors to Colombia in the first three months of the year, behind the United States and Ecuador.