OAK Welcomes Inaugural Tijuana Flight
Only flight to link Bay Area is airport’s eighth international route
Oakland, CA (March 5, 2015) — The inaugural flight of Volaris Flight 908 arrived at Oakland International Airport (OAK) yesterday, becoming the only nonstop commercial passenger flight linking the San Francisco Bay Area with Tijuana, Mexico.
The new Tijuana service, one of seven new routes announced for commencement in 2015 at OAK thus far, represents the airport’s eighth international destination and fifth in Mexico.
"Volaris’ continuing expansion at Oakland International Airport brings another international destination to the San Francisco Bay Area, offering travelers and businesses even more access to key cities in Mexico,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for Port of Oakland. “OAK is the fourth largest airport in California and this new Tijuana service will make it the state’s second largest gateway for nonstop flight destinations in Mexico.”
Volaris will operate Flight 908 twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) at 6:20 p.m. and arriving at OAK at 7:55 p.m. The return Flight 909 will depart OAK on the same days at 9:10 p.m. and arrive at Tijuana at 11:40 p.m. (All times local.)
“This flight represents better connectivity for the San Francisco (Oakland) area, through Tijuana, the most connected city in Mexico thanks to the airline. This route seeks to provide the Bay Area with greater connectivity, with the 16 connecting flights we operate from Tijuana to the rest of Mexico. This is how we continue to unite family and friends who live on both sides of the border at the best fares,” said Volaris Chief Commercial Officer Holger Blankenstein.
The new Tijuana flight joins Volaris’ existing services between OAK and Mexico City, Guadalajara, Leon and Morelia, Mexico. It also offers convenient same-carrier “in-country” connections to numerous other destinations throughout Mexico via Tijuana.
Volaris, Mexico’s second largest carrier and its leading provider of low-cost full-service air transportation, began service to OAK in July 2009 and currently offers up to 16 weekly departures to Mexico. The airline operates all of its flights with a young fleet of 144-seat Airbus A319 and 174-seat A320 aircraft equipped with the latest technology, leather seating and generous leg room.
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Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) is an ultra low cost airline providing point to point services and operating between Mexico and the US. The ultra low cost highly efficient business model offered by Volaris provides low base fares to develop its market, coupled with outstanding levels of quality services and a wide array of products. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 130 and its fleet from 4 to 50 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 239 daily flight segments on routes connecting 36 cities in Mexico and 18 cities in the United States with Mexico’s most modern airplane fleet. Volaris targets passengers visiting friends and family, price sensitive business travelers, and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select US destinations. Proudly Mexican, Volaris is regarded as one of the new leading companies in the country. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com.