WestJet Plans to Start New Service
Canadian low cost airline WestJet announced plans to begin daily nonstop service from Vancouver and Calgary, Canada, to John Wayne Airport (JWA) beginning May 2 and June 13, 2011, respectively. This service inaugurates two new nonstop international routes for JWA. Passengers traveling between the United States and Canada are expected to be able to take advantage of the preclearance system set up at most Canadian airports where passengers clear customs in Canada on arrival and departure. WestJet's lease agreement with the County of Orange was approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2011.
WestJet successfully conducted a "Noise Qualification Test" on December 15, 2010. A requirement of the John Wayne Airport (JWA) Phase 2 Commercial Airline Access Plan and Regulation, successful completion of the test demonstrates that the airline's pilots and aircraft will be able to operate within JWA's stringent noise limits.
WestJet conducted the test with a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The Noise Qualification Test included five separate departures operated at the representative operational weight for service by the proposed aircraft type. Each departure was monitored using the Airport's noise monitoring system and results were determined based on the Single Event Noise Equivalent Level (SENEL) values of the test flights at each noise monitoring station.
New Southwest Service
Southwest Airlines has added a new nonstop destination to their JWA service. Southwest now operates one flight a day between John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Chicago's Midway International Airport (MDW). Southwest's nonstop destinations include Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose.
United and Continental Airlines Merge
In October 2010, United and Continental Airlines announced the legal closure of their merger transaction. For now, United and Continental will continue to operate separately under United Continental Holdings, Inc. until receipt of a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected by the end of 2011. Currently, United operates in JWA's Terminal B, providing nonstop flights to Chicago (ORD), Denver and San Francisco. Continental operates in Terminal A, flying nonstop to Honolulu*, Houston, Maui* and Newark. For more information on the merger, visit www.unitedcontinentalholdings.com.
* = seasonal