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We've liked new Mexican LCC Viva Aerobus ever since they decided to give a $10 fare discount for traveling without checked luggage--rather than adding an unfriendly fee for people who do need a suitcase.
We also like their current deal with "free" flights from Austin to Monterrey--you have to pay taxes of around $80 but you still get to Mexico more cheaply than you would driving, as long as you're happy to fly on a Tuesday or a Sunday.
Or should we say, probably a Tuesday or a Sunday? Viva Aerobus has done its share of fuel crisis panicking by changing itineraries on short notice, so you should be aware that your flight date could be changed by a couple of days at the last minute. These random surprises seem to be part of life in the low cost carrier business these days so if you don't pay too much, you won't lose too much if luck's against you.
· Viva Aerobus [Official Site]
· Monterrey's Nightlife the Attraction for Texas Visitors [Statesman]
· Light Passengers Get a Break from Viva Aerobus [Jaunted]
· Viva Aerobus coverage [Jaunted]
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Finally, an airline that's dealing with baggage and fuel costs in a creative way. Being in its early start-up days, new Mexican LCC Viva Aerobus is presumably in even greater need of revenue than the competition, but the carrier has figured out a more humane way to help the bottom line.
Viva Aerobus is tackling the problem by, as they put it, giving discounts to "light" passengers. That doesn't mean, as we first wondered, that you have to step on the scales. It simply means that if you are traveling without checked baggage, you can get a $10 discount on your fare.
Sure, this probably means they've increased their fares elsewhere, but isn't it so much nicer for some passengers to get a discount than for a whole bunch of passengers to have to pay an extra fee?
· Viva Aerobus Will Offer Discounts to "Light" Passengers [Peanuts]
· Viva Aerobus Update: "Madness" in Austin [Jaunted]
· New Airlines: Que Onda, Viva Aerobus? [Jaunted]
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Relatively new Mexican LCC Viva Aerobus made its first flight into Austin, Texas on May 1, and the early reviews are fairly decent. And the airline is certainly thrilled, says a spokesman:
The Austin-Cancun route has been madness. We underestimated the potential of the American market.
Flights between AUS and CUN have been close to capacity all month, says the airline. (Maybe those promotional fares of $10 each way helped?) Monterrey has proven less popular, with only about 55 percent of the seats sold on a given flight.
Apparently unconcerned about fuel prices, Viva Aerobus is looking to expand to Chicago this summer and Las Vegas this fall. The carrier needs DOT approval first, and there's one other little problem at Gary/Chicago International: The airport still needs to build out an international arrivals gate and staff it with customs agents before Viva Aerobus lands at GYY.
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Just a couple months ago, Gary/Chicago International was hyping Skybus as the spark that would turn the airport into the region's third air traffic hub. But the ultra-LCC only managed 23 days at GYY before flaming out, leaving the airport without a commercial carrier yet again.
Despite the setback, the airport is moving forward with a plan to link the South Shore Line commuter rail to the terminal, providing a seamless connection between GYY and downtown Chicago. That sort of easy-to-use public transportation is exactly what would make the airport a marketable alternative to O'Hare and Midway--if only passengers had the chance to use it.
The new Mexican LCC Viva Aerobus has applied to fly to Gary but can't start service to Monterrey until the DOT gives the OK. If and when that happens, maybe the combo of low fares and easy airport access will finally end the curse of the LCC at GYY. Or maybe not.
· Airport Authority Outlines Train Station Plans [NWI Times]
· Skybus Travel: "Significant News Event" in Gary, Indiana Today [Jaunted]
· Bill Diffenderffer Says Skybus Is No Hooters Air [Jaunted]
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Low cost carriers in the US may be imploding like it's going outta style, but in Mexico, Viva Aerobus is doing just fine. Maybe that's thanks to its fine pedigree? The Ryan family of Ireland has a hand in the bare-bones airline. (Yep, that Ryan family.)
The Viva Aerobus is expanding into the US on May 1, with service to Austin, Texas. Right now, the carrier's route network is strictly domestic, with priced-to-sell tickets like Monterrey to Zihuatanejo for $120 all-in. There are lots more routes offering those same promo fares, too.
True to LCC form, you won't be getting any massage chairs or glasses of champagne with those tickets. Still, for a few pesos more, we'd rather fly across Mexico than endure yet another epic Latin American bus ride.