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VLU Update

VLU is a new startup airline, which has yet to commence flights. Although the airline does hope to begin operating in 2021, VLU has yet to take to the sky. In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of alternative airlines below, or take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Mexico, too discover airlines which are currently operating routes similar to the ones proposed by VLU.


About VLU

VLU is a startup airline, which will provide leisure-oriented scheduled flights from its base at Toluca International Airport, near Mexico City. VLU is a sister company of Tum Aerocarga (cargo), which began operating in 2016 and is owned by Grupo TUM — a Mexican company focused on cargo transportation. VLU will initially operate using five Bombardier CJ200 type aircraft, operating domestic flights to key tourist hotspots.

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Destinations

VLU will serve domestic routes to touristic destinations. The airline will begin with 11 routes out of Toluca: Tijuana, Culiacan, Merida, Villahermosa, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Cancun, Monterrey. Two further destinations have yet to be announced.


Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

As the airline is in an early stage of startup, it has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.

Checked Baggage

Unfortunately, this information has yet to be announced.


Check-In Information

Check-In Online

It is not yet known whether online check-in is available.

Airport Check-In

The airline has yet to publish an announcement regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.


Class Fares

The airline has yet to state what the onboard experience will be like, nor what class fares, such as Economy, Premium, or Business, will be available.


Fleet

The airline will begin flights using a fleet of five Bombardier CJ200 type aircraft. Each plane will have a capacity for 50 passengers. The airline’s sister company, TUM AeroCarga, already has five of these planes, used for cargo operations. TUM AeroCarga also operates Boeing 737.


Hub Airport

Toluca International Airport

Toluca International Airport is a hub located an hour and a half away (by car) from Mexico City. Today, it is mostly private charter airlines that operate from the airport, as well as a small number of scheduled passenger flights to domestic destinations. TAR Aerolíneas currently operates a number of flights that connect with cities including Querétaro, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and San Luis Potosí. Viva Aerobus also flies from Toluca International Airport to Cancun and Monterrey. Conviasa is the only international airline to operate from the airport, connecting Toluca with Caracas.


Hub Airport

The following airlines operate flights within Mexico:

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December 8, 2020

Mexico City’s Toluca Airport to get its own airline

According to Luis Federico Bertrand Rubio, general director of Toluca International Airport, a new airline, called VLU, is set to begin flights from the airport. Rubio said that VLU hopes to serve domestic routes to touristic destinations within Mexico.