Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has set a 14 April launch date for its new four times per week service between Guadalajara and Fresno in central California.
Fresno becomes the carrier's sixth US gateway and fourth in California. Volaris currently serves Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas and Chicago.
Volaris last month secured authority for 23 new transborder routes, including Guadalajara-Fresno. In applying for all the new routes with the US DOT, the carrier said Guadalajara-Fresno would be the first to be launched followed by five others: Aguascalientes-Los Angeles, Guadalajara-San Francisco, Guadalajara-Sacramento, Mexico City-Oakland and Zacatecas-Chicago. Volaris has not yet set launch dates for any of these planned new routes.
For Fresno Yosemite International Airport, the new Volaris route marks the resumption of international services. The airport was previously served by Mexicana, which suspended all operations last August.
The new Guadalajara-Fresno flights will operate late in the evening on the outbound leg every Thursday through Sunday. The return sector will operate overnight, landing back in Guadalajara in the early morning every Friday to Monday.
Volaris says the new route will give it a total of 48 routes and 31 destinations across its domestic and transborder networks. The carrier operates a fast-growing fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft.