During December and full year 2016, Volaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) increased total capacity, as measured in available seat miles (ASMs), by 21.6% and 18.9% year over year, respectively, the company said.
Total demand, as measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), for December and full year 2016 increased 19.5% and 23.9% year over year, respectively. The airline transported a total of 1.5 million passengers during the month of December, an increase of 21.3% year over year, and over 15.0 million passengers during full year 2016, an increase of 25.2% year over year.
For full year 2016, Volaris increased domestic and international ASMs by 17.8% and 21.4%, respectively. Network load factor for 2016 reached 85.8%, an increase of 3.5 percentage points year over year.
In December 2016, Volaris launched one domestic route (Tijuana — Toluca) and two international routes (Denver — Monterrey and Guatemala — San Jose, Costa Rica).
Volaris is an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), with point-to-point operations, serving Mexico, the United States, and Central America. Since beginning operations in March 2006, The airline has increased its routes from five to more than 162 and its fleet from four to 69 aircraft. It offers more than 332 daily flight segments on routes that connect 40 cities in Mexico and 27 cities in the United States and Central America.