Orange County Business Journal

JWA to See More Cabo Service in Summer

Kari Hamanaka Wednesday, November 21, 2012

AirTran Airways will double its service from John Wayne Airport to the Mexican resort of Cabo San Lucas during the peak summer season next year.

The unit of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. started service from Orange County to Mexico City and Cabo this summer, with a single flight to each destination seven days a week. It plans to make two daily flights to Cabo beginning June 2, and maintain the schedule until Aug. 9. The airline said it will assess the service after the peak season and consider whether to add flights permanently.

JWA saw increased service to Mexico in October with the launch of flights to Mexico City and Guadalajara through Mexico-based low-cost carrier Interjet.

Interjet Chief Executive Jose Luis Garza told the Business Journal earlier this year that it would monitor AirTran’s Cabo service before moving forward on the same route out of Orange County. Interjet has already received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly to Cabo from OC.

Garza had also expressed interest in service to Puerto Vallarta and other beach destinations in Mexico if its initial service out of JWA proves successful.

The increased flights to Mexico followed the completion of Terminal C last November. The new terminal brought U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the airport, paving the way for international service from JWA.

The airport was able to offer service to Canada through WestJet before Terminal C’s opening because of an arrangement between the U.S. and Canada that allows for passengers to be cleared there.