Sky Harbor in Phoenix has landed a new international airline.
Airport officials announced Tuesday that Volaris, the largest Mexican low-cost airline, will offer flights from Sky Harbor to Guadalajara and Mexico City three times per week.
The nonstop flights will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the airport.
"Now we have another great way to welcome our friends from Mexico and to visit them there as well." Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Volaris Airlines provides another strong link to our two economies as we continue to do business with Mexico, our largest trading partner."
Volaris will now fly to eleven U.S. destinations with the Phoenix addition. Other included airports are in California, Colorado, Nevada, Illinois and Florida.
"The largest Mexican low-cost carrier starting operations in Arizona will clearly stimulate demand for air travel between the state and Mexico and foster economic and cultural exchanges," said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris.
Sky Harbor offers nonstop, daily flights to Guadalajara and Mexico City on U.S. Airways, in addition to nearly 20 other cities.
"We are looking forward to an excellent partnership between Volaris and America's Friendliest Airport," Danny Murphy, Director of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport said. "We hope this will be the first of many cities the airline will serve between Phoenix and Mexico."
Aeromexico, Air Canada, British Airways, Volaris and WestJet are now Sky Harbor's five foreign carriers. A total of 14 airlines operate out of the airport.
"This great news is in large part thanks to the support of the Phoenix City Council, and a business delegation, led by Mayor Stanton and Councilman Nowakowski," City Manager David Cavazos said. "Together, we traveled to Mexico on several missions to further develop what will be a beneficial relationship for the City of Phoenix."
Exact days and flight times have not been announced.
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