IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #V8OF230F[1]
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programViva Fan[2]
Fleet size45
Parent companyInversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.
HeadquartersMonterrey International Airport, Apodaca, Mexico
Key peopleRoberto Alcántara (Chairman)
Juan Carlos Zuazua (CEO)
Robert Zoller (COO)
Manuel Ambriz (CCO)
Alan Bird (CFO)

Aeroenlaces Nacionales, S.A. de C.V., trading as VivaAerobus, is a Mexican low-cost airline fully owned by the largest bus company group in Mexico, IAMSA, and was co-founded and invested by Irelandia Aviation.[4][5][6] It is based in Monterrey International Airport, Mexico, and operates flights throughout Mexico and the United States.



VivaAerobus commenced operations on November 30, 2006 with its hub at Monterrey International Airport (MTY), in Monterrey, Mexico, and with an initial investment of $50 million and two Boeing 737-300 aircraft.[6] VivaAerobus was co-owned by Ryanair's Irelandia Aviation and the Mexican bus company IAMSA.[7] Ryanair joined with Alexander Maurice Mason of Kite Investments to establish "RyanMex" to facilitate the Irish family's investment in the Mexican airline. IAMSA has showed interest in developing a new stage of transportation after its successful bus market in Mexico, and Irelandia has been actively investigating the market opportunity, leading to the companies' partnership to form a Mexican low-cost carrier.[4] Irelandia held a 49 percent of shares in the airline, while IAMSA had the remaining majority stake.[7]

The airline initially connected Monterrey to a number of Mexican domestic locations and, in July 2007, publicly confirmed its intention to open its first base outside of Mexico and first US destination in Austin, Texas (although it ultimately pulled out of Austin in 2009).[8]

VivaAerobus fares were intended to undercut traditional Mexican carriers by up to 50 percent, in a change of the industry that started with the arrival of the country's second generation of low-cost airlines (Avolar, Click Mexicana, Interjet, Volaris) and the privatization of Mexicana, one of the two top national airlines. On November 5, 2007, the airline received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, initially serving the Mexican destinations of Cancún, Monterrey, Guadalajara and León. Flights to the South Terminal Austin began on May 1, 2008.

On May 16, 2009, VivaAerobus stated it would cease passenger operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on May 31, 2009. The airline blamed the pullout in part on an outbreak of swine flu, which caused an unprecedented decrease in demand for service.[9] The company began to fly between Monterrey and Las Vegas in the summer of 2009.

In November 2009, the airline announced it had applied to commence operations between Hermosillo and Las Vegas beginning in March 2010.

In April 2010, the airline finally began serving Mexico's capital with two flights, one from Monterrey and the other from Guadalajara. It also started serving Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. However, the airline planned to serve Houston Hobby Airport on completion of that airport's new terminal in 2015.[10]

In 2010, the airline opened a focus city at Mexico City International Airport on October 1 after Mexicana ceased operations. VivaAerobus switched Mexico City from focus city into a hub on April 1, 2011, beginning more destinations from the airport.[11][failed verification]

On July 26, 2011, the airline received approval to fly to Chicago-Midway International Airport.[12] On August 15 the same year, VivaAerobus announced it would begin round-trip service between San Antonio (SAT) and Monterrey (MTY), Mexico starting that November.[13] On April 13, 2012 the airline ceased flights to Chicago Midway. On December 7, 2019, the airline resumed flying from Monterrey to Chicago, but this time via O'Hare International Airport. In addition, the airline flew to Morelia, Guadalajara, Leon and Zacatecas from Chicago-O'Hare for the 2019-2020 winter season.[14]

In October 2013, VivaAerobus has signed an agreement to order 52 Airbus A320 aircraft for $5.1 billion, making it the largest order by a Latin American carrier.[7][15]

On May 15, 2014, VivaAerobus received and started using Airbus A320s. It continued using Boeing 737s until the end of 2016, when it began operating an all Airbus fleet.[16][17]

In October 2014, VivaAerobus began nonstop flights from Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua State) to Mexico City, León, and Hermosillo. In 2015, the airline launched flights to Dallas-Fort Worth from several Mexican cities.[18] The service was terminated in October 2015.[19]

As of December 8, 2016, IAMSA has acquired a 100 percent stake of the company after Irelandia Aviation sold its 49% stake to the company following regulatory approval.[6][20]

On December 17, 2017, VivaAerobus began non-stop service to Los Angeles International Airport from Guadalajara International Airport.[21]

In 2018, VivaAerobus began non-stop service to Las Vegas and New York City from Mexico City International Airport.[22]

VivaAerobus announced the launch of its cargo subsidiary, Viva Cargo, in January 2020.[23]


Corporate affairs

The corporate headquarters is in Terminal C of Monterrey International Airport in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon.[24] It occupies space in the terminal's cargo zone.[25]

In-flight services

VivaAerobus has a buy on board program offering food and drinks for purchase.[26]

The airline also provides an in-flight magazine.

Bus services

VivaAerobus operates a shuttle bus from downtown El Paso, Texas to Abraham González International Airport in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.[27]

VivaAerobus operated a bus shuttle between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport South Terminal and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in eastern Houston in addition to a bus shuttle between the Austin airport and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in downtown San Antonio for passengers on flights going to and from Cancún and Monterrey.[28][29]


As of May 2021, the VivaAerobus fleet consists of the following aircraft:[30]

VivaAerobus fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 19 180[31] [32]
Airbus A320neo 20 186[31] [32]
Airbus A321-200 2 3 220[32] [32]
Airbus A321neo 4 41 240[33] [34]
Total 45 44

In May 2015, the airline took ownership of the first Airbus A320neo. This was part of an order placed with Airbus in 2013 for 52 Airbus A320 family aircraft, including 12 A320neos, at the time the largest number of aircraft ordered by a Mexican airline directly from Airbus.[31] At the time of receiving the first A320neo the carrier operated a fleet of six leased A320s and Boeing 737-300 aircraft.[35] The first A320neo was delivered in 2016.[31]


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  28. ^ " - SHUTTLE AUSTIN - HOUSTON" . 22 September 2008. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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