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Mexico’s Antitrust Commission OKs Allegiant Airlines-Viva Aerobus Deal

 |  October 18, 2022

Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) has unconditionally authorized an agreement between Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus.

The Commercial Alliance Agreement between Allegiant and Viva Aerobus was announced almost one year ago, in December 2021. The United States Department of Transportation approval is still in progress, but Mexico’s antitrust commission has approved it. Allegiant plans to make a strategic equity investment in Viva Aerobus as part of the proposed alliance.

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“COFECE’s authorization is one step forward to forging an alliance that will strengthen a competitive environment with a larger offering between Mexico and the U.S. Working as a team, we will boost air travel and tourism while reaping the economic benefits associated with the travel industry.”

This Commercial Alliance Agreement between Viva Aerobus and Allegiant is the first-of-its-kind in the airline industry between ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCC). The goal is to expand low-fare service between the US and Mexico.