Mayor Tim Keller Announces First International Passenger Service Out of the Sunport in Eight Years – August 17, 2018

Today Mayor Tim Keller announced the arrival of a new airline to Albuquerque’s Sunport to make international tourism and trade more convenient.  Volaris will be offering direct service to Guadalajara for as low as $285 round trip. Volaris, Mexico’s largest low-cost carrier, is slated to bring international service to the Albuquerque International Sunport beginning Nov. 17. This will be the first international passenger service out of the Sunport in more than eight years.

“Making Albuquerque directly accessible to international markets is a critical component to tourism and economic development,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “This direct service to Mexico will not only open up new opportunities for us to share our city, but will also give New Mexicans more options when traveling internationally.”

“We are excited to bring international passenger service back to the Sunport, and our partnership with Volaris brings a wonderful new option for New Mexicans,” said Nyika Allen, Director of Aviation for the City of Albuquerque. “Volaris provides a fast and economical alternative to ground transportation for those visiting friends and relatives across the border in addition to providing other opportunities for travelers.

Volaris’ announcement comes less than six months after the Mayor’s appointment of Aviation Director Nyika Allen, the first female Director of the Sunport and the first millennial to lead a city department of over 200 employees. It also highlights one of the tenets of Mayor Keller’s new economic development strategy, which identifies international business as a top priority.

New Mexico tourism is up for the sixth year in a row and the Sunport has also seen growth in recent years, with an increase in passenger numbers of nearly 15 percent over 2017.

“We are extremely happy about the amount of flights already booked through our website for the route between Albuquerque – Guadalajara,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO and General Director for Volaris. “We will continue to support destinations that make sense to our core market, VFR, and continue to do this with the best possible fares and the youngest fleet of the Americas.”

“Bolstering international travel is a key component to economic development in our city,” said Synthia Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque. “We look forward to expanding tourism with our sister city.”

“This is an important step in strengthening the historic and trade relationship between Mexico and New Mexico. With this initiative, we get ready to begin in 2019 the celebration of the 170th anniversary of the establishment of the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque,” said Norma Ang, Consul of Mexico.

“To my friends in Albuquerque, I send you a warm greeting. We are very pleased that having been sister cities since 1985, there will finally be a direct flight between Guadalajara and Albuquerque,” said Enrique Ibarra, Mayor of Guadalajara.

Tickets for Guadalajara and Albuquerque service may be purchased at

Summary of new service:

Start DateCity PairDepartsArrivesFrequencyAircraft
Nov. 17Guadalajara – Albuquerque7:54 am10:13 am Monday
Nov. 17Albuquerque – Guadalajara11:33 am3:25 pmMonday

About Volaris:
Volaris is an ultra-low-cost airline with more than 173 routes to 69 airports in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. With more than 334 daily flights on routes connecting cities in Mexico and the United States, Volaris advertises inexpensive ticket offerings to develop the market, offering customers a quality service and a vast choice of products. Volaris’ vision is to go above and beyond to create the best travel experiences and enable more people to travel well.


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