Viva & Viva Aerobus Sign Code Share Agreement Providing Further Connectivity Between Colombia, Peru & México
Medellín, Colombia based low-cost carrier Viva and Mexican low cost carrier Viva Aerobus today announced that they have signed an interline or code share agreement. The agreement allows passengers to purchase tickets to fly the Bogotá – Mexico City route from the website or applications of either airlines, and providing access to itineraries of either airline through the booking platform of the other. Both airlines operate competing routes between Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia.
Viva (originally Viva Colombia) and Viva Aerobus are completely separate companies with similar names but different owners and independent management. Both share a common heritage in being backed and developed by Low-Cost Aviation pioneer Irelandia Aviation, of RyanAir fame.
The business model of these two airlines allows them to offer passengers economic options – Base Fare from Viva and Zero Fare from Viva Aerobus – and the possibility of customizing the flight by adding the additional services they require, thus paying only for what they need.
“What we are achieving is not only the first interline agreement between two Low-Cost airlines in the region; We are building the region, strengthening our presence in the market and contributing to economic dynamization. The two airlines ensure air inclusion and allow more and more people to have the opportunity to fly more, to more destinations, in this case between Colombia and Mexico,” said Félix Antelo, president and CEO of Viva.
The two airlines operate some of the most modern fleets in America, flying the Airbus A320. On one hand, Viva’s aircraft make up the youngest fleet in Colombia and the third in South America, while the Viva Aerobus fleet is positioned as the youngest in Mexico and the second in North America.
In a second phase of this agreement, both airlines will be able to mutually offer connecting flights that link their route portfolios. In this way, Colombian passengers will be able to access the entire network of Viva Aerobus destinations in Mexico and the United States, and Mexican travelers can take advantage of Viva flights in Colombia and Peru.
“Viva Aerobus has revolutionized the way of traveling by plane in Mexico, and with this agreement with Viva Air we will improve the offer of our flights to Bogotá, with great customer service, and more importantly offering the lowest prices since we operate an ultra-low-cost business model, always taking care of the economy of our passengers,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus.
Currently, Viva (www.vivair.com) operates 34 national routes in Colombia and Peru and 7 international routes to the United States, Peru and Mexico; while Viva Aerobus (www.vivaaerobus.com) offers more than 112 routes within Mexico and 31 international routes to the United States, Cuba and Colombia.