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The World’s First Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Codeshare Agreement Is Here

The World’s First Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Codeshare Agreement Is Here
Jennifer Billock

Frontier Airlines and Volaris have launched the world’s first ultra-low-cost codeshare agreement in an effort to get more people affordable airfare between Mexico, where Volaris is based, and the U.S., where Frontier is based. The flights will potentially begin in the spring.

Pending regulatory approval, Frontier and Volaris have entered into a codeshare agreement that is expected to help more people fly between the U.S. and Mexico for less. The two are considered ultra-low-cost carriers and this agreement will allow them to use one another’s air travel networks.

“This agreement will allow us to expand upon our mission to deliver low fares and enable more people to fly,” Barry Biffle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Airlines, said in a release. “Many customers traveling between the U.S. and Mexico are forced to pay high fares to fly, and this agreement will provide lower fares to a vast majority of the American and Mexican population. As the leading ultra-low-cost carrier in Mexico, Volaris is an ideal partner with which to align and we look forward to work together to deliver low fares to millions of people.”

The fares are expected to go on sale starting in the spring through both companies’ websites, apps, and call centers, as well as through online travel agencies.

“At Volaris we are thrilled to join Frontier Airlines as one of the first ULCC carriers to enter a codeshare agreement,” Enrique Beltranena, Chief Executive Officer of Volaris, said in the release. “We estimate that our partnership will add around 20 new destinations to our network and 80 new routes between both Mexico and the United States. Our goal is to unite families and friends on both sides of the border, and this new agreement with our partners at Frontier will allow us to expand the travel options for our audience while keeping fares low.”

Both airlines already share 20 of the same markets and fly Airbus A320 planes.

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