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Viva Airline Group Plans to Launch Budget Carrier in Central America

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | July 14, 2015

Viva Airline Group Plans to Launch Budget Carrier in Central America


According to Chris Moss of the Telegraph, the Viva airline group recently announced plans to operate low-cost flights from well-connected Costa Rica to other destinations across Central America. 

VivaCam president Joseph Mohan said the plan is to start with a pair of Airbus A320s sometime before the end of the year. The firm then aims to expand operations to include as many as six planes within three years. According to La Nacion, Mohan said the company hopes to price tickets at around $100 — half the price of the competition — and move 250,000 passengers during its first year of operation. 

Future routes could potentially include destinations in North America, South America and the Caribbean depending on whether the venture is successful. 

Before the company can move forward, it must acquire operating permits from the Costa Rica Civil Aviation Authority. However Mohan told La Nacion he expects that to be a speedy process.

Select Latin America founder and director David Horwell told the Telegraph that "a low-cost airline based in Costa Rica to the rest of Central America would be a boon to travelers."

"It would open up Costa Rica's beaches, jungles and volcanoes and could be combined with Mayan ruins, indigenous cultures and adventure destinations for rafting, rappelling and wildlife watching or Spanish colonial gems like Granada or León in Nicaragua," Horwell added.

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