Volaris to launch Las Vegas service on 30 March

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Mexico's Volaris has confirmed Las Vegas will become its fifth US gateway at the end of March.

The fast-growing low-cost carrier says it will operate one daily flight from Guadalajara to Las Vegas starting 30 March.

Volaris last month launched flights from Guadalajara to Chicago Midway, which became the carrier's fourth US gateway after Los Angeles, Oakland and San Jose. ATI reported in early December that Volaris was aiming to add at least four new US gateways in 2011, including both Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale. But at the time Volaris had not yet decided on a launch date or initial schedule for either planned new destination.

Currently there are no carriers operating non-stop services between Las Vegas and Guadalajara, according to Innovata. But Mexicana operated the route before ceasing operations last summer, and was one of the largest international carriers serving Las Vegas.

Volaris becomes the third Mexican carrier serving Las Vegas. Aeromexico and VivaAerobus currently serve Las Vegas from Monterrey while Aeromexico also links Las Vegas with Mexico City. Aeromexico last month added a second daily flight on the Mexico City-Las Vegas route, picking up some of the capacity previously provided by Mexicana.