Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA – Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).
Volaris welcoming at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport. The ultra low-cost carriers began operations in Costa Rica in December 2015. Photo ICT
The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not a Costa Rican company but is wholly owned by a Mexican airline, thus failing the citizenship requirement.
Volaris Costa Rica said it is pursuing its application for a FACP under the terms of the 1997 US-Costa Rica Air Transport Agreement. Its application states that Volaris Costa Rica is wholly owned by Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, a publicly-traded Mexican company,

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