Orange County Business Journal

Interjet Proposes Additional Mexico Service at John Wayne

Kari Hamanaka Monday, August 27, 2012

John Wayne Airport officials are working with Mexican airline Interjet on a proposal to provide daily service to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Service could begin as early as October if the airline meets various requirements, according to John Wayne customer relations manager Rachel Gibson.

John Wayne would become Interjet’s first destination in California and its fourth in the U.S. after Miami, New York and San Antonio.

Interjet will need to comply with federal requirements and pass an aircraft noise test scheduled for Sept. 4. Airport officials plan to go before the Orange County Board of Supervisors Sept. 11 to seek approval for Interjet’s lease at the airport, Gibson said.

The airline has also put in a request to receive an incentive package for its Guadalajara service. The package includes a $300,000 rent break for the first year of operations, offered to the first three airlines that commit to nonstop routes to Mexico averaging five flights per week.

AirTran Airways, which began offering daily service to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City in June, has been granted the other two incentive packages.

The incentives were offered ahead of the opening of the $205 million Terminal C, which has dedicated space for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The new Terminal C was part of a $543 million airport improvement plan.

Service to Mexico joined flights to Vancouver and Calgary, which began last year through Canadian airline WestJet.