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DENVER – Volaris' first nonstop flight from Denver to Chihuahua took off from DIA Saturday – five days after the airline's inaugural nonstop flight from the Mile High City to Guadalajara.

"As with the recent addition of the Guadalajara route, we hope passengers will be equally as receptive to Volaris' new nonstop service to Chihuahua," Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport, said in a news release.

The flight leaves on Saturdays. The plane arrives at DIA at 11:20 a.m. and departs for Chihuahua at 12:45 p.m., according to a news release.

Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena says the goal of the new flights is to offer better options for Colorado's large Mexican community.

"We aim to do this safely and efficiently, without them ever having to resort to 10-hour shuttles by bus," he said in a news release.

Volaris began nonstop service from Denver to Benito Juarez International Airport in December 2012, and says passenger traffic has grown nearly every month since.

The number of nonstop international travel destinations leaving DIA has grown by 30 percent since 2011, according to a news release from the airport.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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