By Alberto Barrera
The Savior – The airline Volaris officially inaugurated flights to and from El Salvador under the national flag on Tuesday and announced that they would receive payments with bitcoin for services at the airport., although previously President Nayib Bukele had done it through messages on Twitter.
The company said that "it celebrated the start of operations of Volaris El Salvador as the first ultra-low-cost airline with the national flag.", which was highlighted by the Bukele government who participated in the official inauguration of the start of the flights.
El Salvador became the first country in September to accept cryptocurrency alongside the US dollar as legal tender.. Since 2001 the country's economy was “dollarized” and although the law refers to bimonetarism, the local currency the colón has not been used again.
“We already have a Salvadoran airline, low cost and accepting #Bitcoin”, Bukele published although Volaris explained that they will accept it for service payments at the air terminal.
"We are working to give our Clients the option to pay with Bitcoin for services at the airport", an airline source told Voice of the Diaspora.
The takeoff of “Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.P.I. of C.V., better known as Volaris ”began in 2003 in Mexico “when the investment funds Discovery Americas I and Columbia Equity Partners joined forces with TACA (Central American Air Transportation) and the first flight between Toluca and Tijuana was made on 13 March 2006, Volaris says on its website.
"El Salvador needed a national airline that would make the travel interests of Salvadorans its own and make air transportation accessible", said the CEO of Volaris, Enrique Beltranena at the opening ceremony at the Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport.
In may 2019 Volaris confirmed the endorsement at the beginning of operations of what it called "a new subsidiary in El Salvador" but that this Tuesday became a Salvadoran-flag company, according to the reports of the company whose partners come from TACA that in 2009 merged with Avianca airline and that in 2013 was absorbed by the Colombian company.
But the flights had started on 15 September “with the San Salvador-Mexico City route, after completing its certification process by the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC)”, It was reported in a statement and that with this it was converted into the first airline with the Salvadoran flag.
Tuesday's event included the arrival of two flights from Los Angeles, California and Washington DC, with 150 Salvadoran passengers residing in both cities in North America.