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George Bush Intercontinental Airport Celebrates Arrival of VivaAerobus

July 9, 2010

The Houston Airport System celebrated its newest airline, VivaAerobus, which is Houston's first low-cost, foreign flag carrier. VivaAerobus now operates non-stop service at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with flights between Houston and Monterrey, Mexico.

The inaugural celebration of the flight on July 8, began with a water arch salute as the arriving flight pulled up to Terminal D. While customers waited to depart from Houston to Monterrey, they were serenaded by a live Mariachi band, enjoyed Mexican food and witnessed the ribbon cutting ceremony. The CEO of VivaAerobus, Juan Carlos Zuazua, personally welcomed the travelers as they waited to board the inaugural flight. To celebrate the event, everyone was handed a commemorative T-shirt as they boarded the flight. A proclamation by Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker declared today as VivaAerobus Day in Houston.

"Houston and Monterrey share a very special bond," says Ian Wadsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System. "The two cities are close to one another geographically but more importantly, they both serve as strong economic engines for their particular regions. That's why we're so thrilled to see an expansion of the air service between the two cities.

“VivaAerobus is delighted to join these two important cities and to finally bring really low fares, competition and choice to consumers,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, commercial director for VivaAerobus. “We know we are generating an important benefit mainly to passengers that wish to travel at a low cost. Flying to and from these destinations used to be extremely expensive, but today, thanks to VivaAerobus, expensive fares are over.”

VivaAerobus Flight Schedule

Departs Monterrey 7:00 a.m. - Arrives Houston 8:30 a.m.
Departs Houston 9:15 a.m. - Arrives Monterrey 10:50 a.m.

Departs Monterrey 4:35 p.m. - Arrives Houston 6:05 p.m.
Departs Houston 6:50 p.m. - Arrives Monterrey 8:25 p.m.

Monterrey is the third most populous city in Mexico, with a population of more than 3.5 million people. Like Houston, Monterrey serves a vital role as an industrial and business center for its nation’s economy, especially in the areas of steel and cement manufacturing. Over the past 10 years, the Monterrey metropolitan area has experienced amazing growth, working its way from a population of 2.5 million to almost 4 million.


The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 48 million passengers in 2009. Houston's three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy. IAH is the 8th busiest airport in the nation and ranks among the top five airports in the world for customer satisfaction. Eighteen airlines offer non-stop flights from IAH to more than 170 destinations worldwide including nonstop flights and connections to more destinations in Mexico than any other airport in the nation. For more information, visit

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