Phoenix Sky Harbor to welcome Mexico's largest airline

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sky Harbor in Phoenix has landed a new international airline.

Airportofficials announced Tuesday that Volaris, the largest Mexican low-cost airline,will offer flights from Sky Harbor to Guadalajara and Mexico City three timesper week.

Thenonstop flights will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2013, according tothe airport.

"Nowwe have another great way to welcome our friends from Mexico and to visit themthere as well." Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Volaris Airlinesprovides another strong link to our two economies as we continue to do businesswith Mexico, our largest trading partner."

Volariswill now fly to eleven U.S. destinations with the Phoenix addition. Otherincluded airports are in California, Colorado, Nevada, Illinois and Florida.

"Thelargest Mexican low-cost carrier starting operations in Arizona will clearlystimulate demand for air travel between the state and Mexico and fostereconomic and cultural exchanges," said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris.

SkyHarbor offers nonstop, daily flights to Guadalajara and Mexico City on U.S.Airways, in addition to nearly 20 other cities.

"Weare looking forward to an excellent partnership between Volaris and America'sFriendliest Airport," Danny Murphy, Director of Phoenix Sky HarborInternational Airport said. "We hope this will be the first of many citiesthe airline will serve between Phoenix and Mexico."

Aeromexico,Air Canada, British Airways, Volaris and WestJet are now Sky Harbor's fiveforeign carriers. A total of 14 airlines operate out of the airport.

"Thisgreat 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," CityManager David Cavazos said. "Together, we traveled to Mexico on severalmissions to further develop what will be a beneficial relationship for the Cityof Phoenix."

Exactdays and flight times have not been announced.

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