Volaris and Viva Aerobus surpass pre-pandemic levels


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The Mexican market continues to recover: low-cost airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobus are showing strong growth and have already surpassed their best records, set prior to the pandemic.

Viva Aerobus

In August 2021, Viva Aerobus transported 1.39 million passengers through Mexican skies. This represents a 19% growth compared to the same month of 2019, the last pre-pandemic record.

See more: Viva Aerobus received its 50th aircraft and consolidates its growth

On the other hand, load factor stood at 78.5%, almost 10 percentage points lower than in the same month of 2019. So far this year, Viva Aerobus has transported 9.41 million passengers, 21% more than in the same period of 2019.

 Agosto 2021Agosto 2020Agosto 2019Variación 2019/2021
Factor de ocupación78.5%77.2%88.3%-9,7%


The ultra-low-cost airline which flies from Mexico to the United States and Central America reported an increase in domestic and international demand of 29.4% and 13.9%, respectively, compared to August 2019. To address this growth it added capacity both domestically (+28.5%) and internationally (+10.5%).

See more: Mexican government to work with FAA to recover Category 1 status

 2021Variación 2020Variación 2019
Nacional86.7%13.1 pp0.6 pp
Internacional80.3%11.1 pp2.4 pp
Total84.8%12.3 pp1.4 pp

In August 2021, Volaris carried 2.3 million passengers, 22% more than before the COVID-19 pandemic. The total load factor was 84.8%: on domestic flights, it stood at 86.7% while on international flights it was 80.3%.

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