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May 2, 2011

WestJet launches international service from Orange County on May 2

SANTA ANA, Calif. - WestJet - the pioneer of low-cost flying in Canada - began daily nonstop service from John Wayne Airport, Orange County (JWA) to Vancouver, BC today, May 2, 2011. The addition of Vancouver brings the total number of John Wayne Airport's nonstop destinations to 20.

"We are thrilled to welcome WestJet as our newest airline to John Wayne Airport," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. "WestJet's flights to Canada, along with their top-notch customer service, are a welcome addition in Orange County."

WestJet Airplane

Chris Avery, Vice President, WestJet Vacations and John Wayne Airport Director, Alan L. Murphy celebrate WestJet's inaugural flight into Orange County. To help celebrate, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto arrived at the Airport to welcome the Canadian guests into Orange County - home of the Disneyland Resort.

Celebrating 15 years in business, WestJet offers scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. WestJet operates a fleet of 95 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft offering increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television. Passengers traveling south from Canada to the United States will be able to take advantage of the customs preclearance system in Canada.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for visitors from Orange County to experience the great city of Vancouver and indeed all of Canada," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "With 42 daily nonstop flights from Vancouver to nine Canadian cities, plus connections to many others, we look forward to welcoming many Californians to Canada this summer."

WestJet flight schedules are as follows:

Effective May 2, 2011

Depart Orange County (SNA) at 2:15 p.m.
Arrive Vancouver (YVR) at 5:05 p.m.


John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the County of Orange with ten airlines offering service to twenty nonstop destinations from Orange County.