Denver International Airport announced a year-round direct flight to Mexico City starting in December.

Volaris, Mexico's second largest airline, will operate the flight from Denver to Benito Juárez International Airport. The flight will run twice per week from December through April to better serve the high demand during Colorado's ski season. The rest of the year the flight will operate weekly.

CEO of Volaris Enrique Beltranena said the airline will offer one-way fares of an average of $149.

"Denver will witness Volaris' excellent service and low fares, which is our best presentation card," Beltranena said.

DIA already offers direct flights to Mexico City through Aeromexico and United but they only operate seasonally during peak periods.

During a press conference at the Denver Museum of Art on Aug. 16, where the announcement was made, Gov. John Hickenlooper said the flight will bring endless opportunities for both Mexico and Colorado.

"Mexico has the single greatest potential for trade, for tourism, for exchanges of all kinds of any country in the world for the state of Colorado and for the city of Denver," Hickenlooper said.

Kim Day, manager of aviation for DIA, said the estimated economic impact of the flight will be around $9.4 million.

"This direct connection between Denver and Mexico City will link Colorado businesses with new markets and better facilitate job creation," said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. in a press release. "Mexico is one of the United States' and Colorado's most important trade partners."


Day also said the flight, which has already begun taking bookings, will create 10 jobs at the beginning and as the service becomes more seasoned there could be as much as 90 jobs added across the state.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock said the new flight fits with his efforts of making Denver a world class city.

"As we continue to build our corridors of opportunity here in Denver, this flight was a target of ours," he said.

Mexican Consul General Andres Chao said there is a market for the flight with more than a million Mexicans living in Colorado.

Beltranena said exports to the state of Colorado from Mexico have increase 22 percent in the last 12 months.

The deal had been in the making since 2009 when Volaris announced a partnership with Southwest Airlines, said Hancock.

"This has been a true partnership between the state and the city and our great Mexican consulate," Hancock said.

Hancock said he will continue pushing forward efforts to bring more direct flights to DIA, with a particular focus in South America. Denver gained direct flights to Iceland this year via Icelandair, and United Airlines has announced plans to offer direct flights between Denver and Tokyo next year.