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Airlines serving the El Salvador-Mexico international niche
The direct international flight niche between Mexico and El Salvador has been served -since 2012- by Grupo Aeroméxico affiliate: Aeroméxico Connect. However, as predicted by Forbes México back in April, 2018., the next Mexican airline to enter the fray in this international market niche was the Mexican LCC Interjet; the source quoted Nelson Vanegas, President of the Autonomous Port Executive Commission (CEPA – Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma) of El Salvador, though the article didn’t specify a date for the launch of the said services, but we can advise you they were finally launched -in Dec. 2018- check out the Interjet toggle below for further details.
The next Mexican airline to enter this cross-border niche was the country’s ULCC Volaris, which launched direct services to San Salvador from two Mexican cities -as of May 1, 2019- the details are in the Volaris toggle below, including the city pairs offered by this carrier, as well as details on the frequencies of the said services.
Meanwhile, from Central America, this cross-border niche was also served by Volaris Costa Rica, the affiliate carrier of the Mexican ULCC Volaris -until recently- but the said services have been withdrawn, so currently -Sept. 2019- the only carrier based in El Salvador to offer direct services to Mexico is the Avianca Group affiliate: Avianca El Salvador.
Just for the record, the San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) was previously known as the Comalapa International Airport.
Mexican airlines with direct flights to El Salvador
AEROMÉXICO CONNECT in El Salvador
The Mexican carrier Aeroméxico Connect is a Grupo Aeroméxico affiliate airline -thus a SkyTeam member- that operates direct services between the Mexican capital: Mexico City, and the capital of El Salvador: San Salvador.
See our profile on Aeroméxico Connect
The airline introduced this international option -on Aug. 15, 2012- with daily frequencies; then -on April 1, 2017- the company doubled its offering on this route by adding a second daily service.
Aeroméxico Connect’s direct flights between Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) and the San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) current offering -Nov. 2019- has returned to its original schedule of daily services.
See Aeromexico Connect in Mexico City: Domestic / International
Aeroméxico Connect was the first Mexican carrier -as of Dec. 15, 2018- to connect San Salvador and Mexico City, nowadays there are three Mexican carriers serving this route.
See our profile on Aeroméxico
INTERJET in El Salvador
The Mexican Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Interjet launched its services uniting El Salvador’s capital city with the Mexican capital city -as of Dec. 15, 2018- using its Airbus A320 with capacity for 150 passengers.
Interjet’s direct cross-border option connecting the San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) and Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) was increased to two daily flights as of Oct. 27, 2019.
See our introduction to Interjet
At the time of the introduction of the abovementioned services, this new option increased this Mexican LCCs international footrpint to 21 destinations and upped its Central American portfolio offering to three, the other services connecting the Mexican capital to Guatemala City and to San José, Costa Rica.
See Interjet in Mexico City: Domestic / International
Interjet opened a sales office in San Salvador -see below- back in July 2019 and is currently awaiting the approval of its request to the authorities in El Salvador for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) so as to to establish a “mini base” at San Salvador’ (SAL).
Interjet is one of three Mexican carriers to unite the capital cities of El Salvador and Mexico.
VOLARIS in El Salvador
The Mexican Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) Volaris launched two new direct cross-border routes to El Salvador earlier this year when the company began services between the Mexican capital: Mexico City and El Salvador’s capital: San Salvador, as well as its direct service between Guadalajara and San Salvador, both launched on the same day: May 1, 2019.
In a press release, Volaris announced the launch of ticket sales for the said services -as of March 6, 2019- stating that both the above routes would initially provide four weekly frequencies (Mon., Tues., Wed. and Thurs.) throughout May 2019. As of June, the company upped its options connecting the San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) and Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) to offer daily frequencies and the schedule is currently -Nov. 2019- unchanged.
See Volaris in Mexico City: Domestic / International
For its part, the route connecting the El Salvador San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport of San Salvador (SAL) and the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport of Guadalajara (GDL) was reduced to 3 weekly frequencies as of June, but since then the offering has increased to four weekly flights, on Tues., Wed., Fri. and Saturday, Nov. 2019.
See Volaris in Guadalajara: Domestic / International
Volaris received the approval of the local authorities in El Salvador to operate a base for its second affiliate carrier: Vuela El Salvador S.A. de C.V. to begin operations under the commercial name of Volaris El Salvador.
Volaris is one of three Mexican carriers to serve El Salvador, but the only one with a direct route uniting Guadalajara (GDL-SAL) San Salvador.
El Salvador-based airlines with direct flights to Mexico
AVIANCA EL SALVADOR in Mexico
The Avianca Airlines Group carrier Avianca El Salvador offers two direct options two Mexican destinations from El Salvador in its route portfolio: Cancun and Mexico City.
The route connecting the Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport (SAL) of San Salvador with Cancun International Airport (CUN) offers daily round-trip services, updated in Nov. 2019.
For their part, the services uniting San Salvador (SAL) with Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) currently -Nov. 2019- offer two daily round-trip flights using its Airbus A319 aircraft, with seating for 120 passengers (12 in Business Class).
To give you an idea of Grupo Avianca’s dominance at SAL, of the 31 direct destinations served from the airport -in Sept. 2019- the Group covered 24 of them.
Also worth a mention is that -in Feb. 2018- Avianca expanded its codeshare agreement with the Japanese carrier: All Nippon Airways (ANA), to create an official connection via Mexico City (MEX) for flights to Japan, which connect Bogota (Colombia) and San Salvador (El Salvador) to the capital of this Asian powerhouse: Tokyo, via Mexico City (MEX). The offical start date for the said agreement was Feb. 12, 2018.
Avianca El Salvador is a Star Alliance member airline and the only El Salvador-based airline to offer direct SAL-CUN-SAL services.
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*Call center: (503) 2267-8224