MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — Mexican startup airline Aerus is poised to revolutionize regional air travel as it commences operations on April 27, offering five regional routes and a total of 450 monthly flights from its Monterrey International Airport (MTY) base.

Launching with a fleet of three Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops, Aerus has plans to expand, adding a fourth Cessna and two Textron Aviation Cessna 408 SkyCourier twin-engine turboprops to its arsenal.

Taking a pioneering stance in sustainability, Aerus signed a letter of intent in January for 30 nine-seater Alice aircraft from Eviation, positioning the startup as Mexico's first all-electric aircraft operator.

Aerus's Cessna operations, based at MTY in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, will connect Ciudad Victoria, Matamoros, Piedras Negras, and Tampico. Primarily catering to business travelers, the Monterrey-based startup also intends to employ Alice aircraft to link smaller, underserved regions.

The Federal Civil Aviation Agency of Mexico granted permission in May 2022 for Aerus's corporate entity, Aerotransportes Rafilher, a member of the Herrera Group, to initiate regularly scheduled flights. The airline is set to fill the void left by Aeromar (VW), which discontinued operations in February.

Aerus is committed to investing approximately US$98 million over the next three years. Starting with a team of 100 employees, many of whom previously worked at Aeromar, the company's regional business model aims to bridge the gaps left by other carriers.

With an eye on future expansion, Aerus has expressed interest in servicing the United States once Mexico regains Category 1 status.