By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Volaris Obtains Certification to Operate as Salvadoran Flag Carrier
On Tuesday, August 24, Low-cost airline Volaris received its Air Operation Certification and Operation Permit from the Salvadoran Civil Aviation Authority.
The authorization allows the airline group to establish “Vuela El Salvador” (Volaris El Salvador), a new subsidiary in El Salvador with which it ensures its expansion plan in Central America.
“Our mission as a government institution is to work on projects that promote the development of the air sector in our country, where our technical team joins the work articulated for the early start of operations of Volaris as an airline with a national flag”, the Salvadoran Civil Aviation Authority reported in its Twitter account.
According to elmundo, Volaris El Salvador will begin operations on September 15, 2021, with the San Salvador – Mexico City route and on October 15 with San Salvador – Cancun. Similarly, on October 31, the San Salvador – San Pedro Sula route will begin to operate.
The company signed on July 30 a Letter of Commitment with the Government of Honduras to formalize the start of operations in that market with the route between San Salvador and San Pedro de Sula, but which already contemplate connections with Roatán and Tegucigalpa (Palmerola).
The low-cost carrier began operations in El Salvador through its subsidiary in Costa Rica, with which it established stops in El Salvador and Guatemala to connect with cities in the United States, such as Los Angeles and Washington.
Volaris will be the second Salvadoran flag airline after Avianca. Avianca, for its part, operates several aircraft with national license plates, which were from the former Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano (TACA), a Salvadoran company that merged with Avianca in 2013, a move that gave way to Avianca Holdings.
Enrique Beltranena, Volaris’ CEO, stated to elmundo in June that the firm would start with a plane and that it intends to make El Salvador’s San Óscar Romero International Airport its hub.
El Salvador will be key in the airline’s new stage of expansion, which seeks to develop the intra-Central American air market.
Beltranena explained that they want the new company to show the authorities and the world that a project well supervised and managed by an experienced team can expand beyond Central America, but also achieve the milestone of promoting the low-cost model and with it facilitate trade and tourism.
The company seeks to replicate the success it has achieved in Mexico, where it was born in 2006, and is now the largest in the domestic market.
This year, in the midst of the aeronautical crisis, the financial giant Deutsche Bank placed Volaris as the airline with the fastest recovery in the world.