By Albert Kuan
VivaAerobus Moves Key Operations to Terminal A at Monterrey Hub
Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus immediately moved its Mexico City, Cancún, Guadalajara and Tijuana operations at its Monterrey hub to Terminal A, citing a surge in summer travel. All arrivals and departures for those cities will now be attended to at Terminal A.
The change was made effective July 1 and was first communicated by OMA Group, the airport authority managing Monterrey Airport and other local airports in northern Mexico. Due to the immediate, last-minute change to its airport operations, VivaAerobus was not able to officially inform its travelers about the change until one week later on July 8.
VivaAerobus exclusively operates from its own budget terminal, Terminal C, at Monterrey International Airport. However, due to the increased number of flights and high volume of travelers passing through Monterrey this summer, VivaAerobus has decided to move its key, high-demand routes out of Terminal C to Terminal A.
VivaAerobus’ VivaBus operations at Monterrey Airport, which provides direct bus service to Monterrey’s main bus stations —Central de Autobuses and Terminal Fierro — in the city center from Terminal C, will now also provide service to Terminal A. The bus service is also available to travelers not flying on VivaAerobus. However, VivaAerobus provides its travelers a discount for using the service. VivaAerobus also provides discounted intercity bus travel through its affiliation with Club ViajaMás, a collaboration with major bus lines in Mexico.
Despite the FAA’s recent downgrading of Mexico’s air safety rating, the Mexican market continues to show a great recovery compared to other countries in the region. In recent months, VivaAerobus has been meeting travel demand operating at near pre-pandemic levels.
The low-cost carrier has increased the number of flights from its hubs in Mexico City and Monterrey and has added new services to serve leisure travelers and vaccine tourism. The carrier has launched new services to Houston and San Antonio and has resumed services to Los Angeles and Austin. The carrier also recently announced the expansion of its network to Colombia from Mexico City.