Volaris plans new routes from Mexico City and Toluca

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Mexican low cost carrier Volaris plans to launch new service from Mexico to Mexicali and Tijuana to Cuernavaca in September and October.

Volaris officially introduced flights from Mexico City in March with the launch of service to Tijuana. But at the time the carrier stressed adding Mexico City to its network was not a deviation from Toluca, which is Mexico's secondary airport, remaining as its operational centre.

Schedules in the Innovata database show Volaris will compete directly with Mexicana subsidiary Click on the new flights from Mexico to Mexicali. Click operates three daily nonstop flights with Boeing 717s on the pairing, and one daily one-stop flight. Volaris currently operates Airbus A319s nonstop four times per week from Toluca to Mexicali and seven weekly one-stop flights.

Volaris faces no competition on the new Tijuana-Cuernavaca service scheduled to start on 1 October.

The Mexican domestic market has been in flux with a recent failed attempt by Interjet to take over Volaris and a potential financial restructuring looming for Mexicana.

Last month US investment firm Indigo Partners became one of several new investors in Volaris after two of the carrier's founding partners elected to sell their stakes.