Mexico City, Mexico — Two of Mexico’s low cost airlines have reported historic figures for 2022. Mexican airline Volaris was one of those airlines who reported transporting more than 30 million travelers in 2022.
The year closed for the airline with 30.9 million passengers, a sharp increase from the 24.3 million in 2021.
According to December 2022 traffic results, Volaris’s capacity (measured in ASMs) increased 18.5% compared to the prior year, while demand (measured in RPMs) increased 16.9%, resulting in a load factor of 84.7%.
During December, Volaris transported 2.9 million passengers, an increase of 13.9% compared to the same month in 2021. Demand in the Mexican domestic and international markets had an increase of 13.3% and 26.1%, respectively.
Volaris Executive Chairman and CEO Enrique Beltranena said that “passenger traffic in December was solid and booking curves remain resilient. We continue to estimate that passenger growth will be in line with our anticipated capacity growth.
“At the end of the month, Volaris was affected by winter storm Elliott, which impacted its operations for three days. However, as a result of the hard work of the Volaris team, the company was able to rapidly recover all of its operations and respond to all affected customers.
“While these types of disruptions can be challenging, I want to thank the Volaris Ambassadors for going the extra mile during peak season to ensure our passengers were well taken care of.”
Viva Aerobus also reported new historic figures for monthly passengers in the month of December. In its annual report, the company says last month, they exceeded two million passengers in December of 2022.
The low-cost airline reported that it is the first time they have moved 20 million travelers in a year. They also pointed out that the company has exceeded the figure of 100 million customers since it began operations.
According to preliminary traffic results for December of 2022, Viva Aerobus reported 2.02 million passengers, an increase of 21.7% compared to December 2021. Those figures were driven by an increase of 24.6% and 2.6% in domestic traffic and international, respectively. It is also a rebound of 77.8% compared to 2019.
The load factor reached 84.4% compared to 84.3% in 2021, this reflected a load factor of 86.6% and 74.4% in the domestic and international markets, respectively. In the accumulated of the year, the airline transported 20.70 million passengers.
Juan Carlos Zuazua, the General Director of Viva Aerobus said “we saw strong demand in December as well as healthy levels of passenger traffic in all of our markets. We received our last A321neo of the year and we closed with a fleet of 69 aircraft, being one of the youngest fleets in Latin America with an average age of 5.2.”
He also mentioned the people“did an incredible job to transport more than 2 million passengers in December despite the operational challenges due to weather conditions.”