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March 17, 2016

ALASKA AIRLINES LAUNCHED NONSTOP SERVICE TO RENO/TAHOE AND SANTA ROSA/SONOMA

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Yesterday, Orange County Board of Supervisors' Vice Chair Michelle Steel, tourism partners, Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso and Snoopy were at John Wayne Airport (JWA) to commemorate the launch of Alaska Airlines' new nonstop service between Orange County and Reno/Tahoe and Santa Rosa/Sonoma. Launched on March 16, 2016, Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, will be operating one flight a day to both Reno/Tahoe and Santa Rosa/Sonoma.

Departing and arriving passengers on the inaugural flights received goody bags from tourism partners and refreshments from Alaska Airlines, and arriving passengers from the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport received a special welcome from Snoopy.

Alaska Airlines press conference launch

Left to Right: John Wayne Airport Director Barry Rondinella, Olympic Gold
Medalist Julia Mancuso, Orange County Board of Supervisors' Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Alaska Airlines' Director of Sales & Community Marketing Jeff Etherington

"We are fortunate to have a world-class airport right here in Orange County," said Orange County Board of Supervisors' Vice Chair Michelle Steel. "Thank you to John Wayne Airport and Alaska Airlines for connecting Orange County to even more destinations in Northern California."

Snoopy greeting guests at Alaska Airlines' launch festivities

Snoopy greeting guests at Alaska Airlines' launch festivities

With the addition of these two routes, John Wayne Airport now provides nonstop service to 25 domestic and international destinations. See all of John Wayne Airport's domestic and international nonstop destinations here.

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