Facing the press in Guadalajara were: Ramón Godinez, Director of Tourism for Guadalajara; Enrique Ramos, Secretary of Tourism for Jalisco; Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Bill Wyatt, Executive Director, Portland Airport; and Fernando Bosque, General Director, GAP. After that there was music at check-in, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony before Enrique Beltranena joined passengers on the first flight to Portland.
In Portland, Enrique Beltranena was again on hand to cut another ribbon to mark the first flight from Portland to Guadalajara.
- Volaris has expanded its US network from Guadalajara (GDL) with the addition of twice-weekly (Mondays, Saturdays) flights to Portland, OR (PDX). On 6 October the Mexican LCC commenced its latest US route on the 3,293-kilometre sector using its A319s and A320s. This is over 500 kilometres further than the airline’s previous longest route from Guadalajara, to Chicago Midway (2,775 kilometres). There is no competition on the route. In addition, on 4 October Volaris began twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) flights from Guadalajara to Tampico (TAM) and Villahermosa (VSA). VivaAerobus provides competition on both routes, operating four times weekly to Tampico and thrice-weekly to Villahermosa. This winter Volaris will serve 32 destinations from Guadalajara, including 14 in the US. This make it’s the biggest airline at the airport with almost 40% of seats, though Aeromexico offers more flights, but uses smaller aircraft. See how Portland Airport’s fire truck water arch salute compares to others from around the world this week.