On October 27, the Board of Supervisors approved the annual allocation of Regulated Average Daily Departures (ADDs), Seat Capacity, Remain Overnight (RON) Capacity and Passenger Capacity for 2016. As a result of the allocation, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced new service to begin spring 2016. Alaska Airlines, operating via Horizon Airlines, will start daily flights between JWA and Santa Rosa and Reno in March 2016. Beginning in May 2016, Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop service via Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines between JWA and Seattle.
Earlier in October, JWA joined Alaska Airlines in celebrating the launch of their nonstop service to/from Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are year-round and will be operated four-times a week to/from Los Cabos and three-times a week to/from Puerto Vallarta. To commemorate the launch, Alaska Airlines officials, Consul General de Mexico Mario Cuevas and members of the Mexico Tourism Board welcomed passengers with festivities at the gate.
Pictured (L-R) Luis Palacios, Los Cabos Tourism Board; Mario Cuevas, Consul General of Mexico, Orange County; Jeff Etherington, Alaska Airlines; Rick Hines, Alaska Airlines; Ruben Reachi, Los Cabos Tourism Board; Gabriel Juarez Alvarado, Mexico Tourism Board; Arturo Sanchez, Consulate of Mexico, Orange County
JWA has also said good-bye to the US Airways brand. In late 2013, American Airlines (AA) and US Airways announced their plans to merge in the largest commercial airline merger in history. As of October 17, 2015, all US Airways flights transitioned to American Airlines.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Southwest Airlines launched daily nonstop service between JWA and Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. With these additions, travelers have more options than ever when flying through John Wayne Airport.
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