Volaris this week shared that it saw a 27.2% demand growth when comparing December 2021 with December 2019. The Mexico City-based carrier also reported strong load factors for last year.
In December, the ultra-low-cost operator carried 2.6 million passengers, which is 31% higher than the pre-pandemic figures. This feat is matched by a 2019 RPM (revenue passenger miles) variation of 34.9% domestically and 10.8% internationally, giving a total variation of 27.2%.
Load factors have also been heading in the right direction for the airline. The domestic December 2021 load factor was 89.0%, supported by an international load factor for the month of 78.7%. These percentages rounded off an FY 2021 load factor of 86.9% in the domestic realm and 79.2% in the international spectrum.
Management is impressed
Volaris’ leadership is pleased with the results for the year. The company’s president and CEO, Enrique Beltranena, noted that his airline remained focused to deploy the right levels of capacity to match the robust demand in VFR and leisure segments.
“For the first quarter 2022, the capacity we currently have on sale represents an ASM (available seat miles) growth of approximately 3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, implying around 53% ASM growth versus the first quarter of 2021. However, as we have demonstrated since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to actively manage capacity and will react accordingly if we observe a deterioration in demand in our markets associated with the Omicron variant.” – Volaris, via company statement.
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Plenty of prospects
Altogether, Volaris has plenty to shout about when looking back at 2021. It grew its domestic passenger activity by 26% compared with 2019. Moreover, its international traffic was boosted by 19%. This momentum allowed the firm to report a profit in the second and third quarters of the year.
The airline’s progress in December was symbolized by the arrival of its 100th jet. The company welcomed an Airbus A320neo unit to its fleet early in the month. The delivery is part of an ambitious growth strategy as the company seeks to become the largest operator in Mexico. More aircraft arrivals are on the cards, with at least 12 deliveries expected to arrive in 2022.
December was a strong month in aviation across the board. Despite the concerns and challenges that Omicron brought, 2.43 million flights were conducted around the world, enabling the month to be the busiest for airlines in 2021.
So, Volaris will be hoping for the personal and industry momentum to continue throughout the year. Mexico expects a 22.5% rise in capacity compared to pre-pandemic levels, and the airline will be keen to have a slice of this opportunity.
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