Mexican airline Volaris, which has offered nonstop flights between Fresno and Guadalajara since April 2011, will add nonstop flights from Fresno to Morelia, Mexico, in December.
The airline announced the Fresno service this week as part of a broader expansion of its service to and from Morelia, which is the capital of the Mexican state of Michoacan. The flights will be offered twice a week, on Mondays and Saturdays, starting Dec. 16. Volaris is also adding flights from Morelia to another California city, San Jose, and Mexicali in Baja California, starting Dec. 16.
VisitMexico, part of the Mexico Tourism Board, reports that Morelia is known for its historic neoclassical and Baroque-style buildings and monuments built from the region’s characteristic pink stone. The city was built in the 1500s as Valladolid, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, but was renamed in 1828 as Morelia to honor José Maria Morelos, one of two priests who achieved notoriety as activists in the community that was one of the main centers in Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. The city’s historic center was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.
“With the addition of these new routes to and from Morelia, we are able to increase both the number of passengers transported inside Mexico and the number of tourists that visit from the U.S.,” said Miguel Aguíñiga, Volaris’ director of market development.
Volaris and Aeromexico, another Mexico-based airline, both provide flights to Guadalajara with connecting service to other cities including Mexico City. Together, the two airlines represent the only carriers providing nonstop flights to an international destination at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
The Fresno-Guadalajara flights have proven to be popular with passengers. In 2016, Volaris and Aeromexico accounted for about 6 percent of all arriving and departing flights at Fresno Yosemite International airport, but their combined passenger totals of almost 201,000 represented more than 13 percent of all passengers flying to and from Fresno last year.
Correction: An earlier version of the story had an incorrect location for Mexicali.