Orange County supervisors approved Mexico-based airline Interjet's plan to add service between John Wayne Airport and Mexico City and Guadalajara, marking the company's first flights in California.
The low-cost Mexican carrier plans to begin service at the Orange County airport before the end of the year, said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.
Interjet's aircraft passed noise tests last week, she said. The company, which started in December 2005, needs to clear a few more bureaucratic hurdles before it can begin one daily flight each to Mexico City and Guadalajara from John Wayne Airport, Wedge said.
The flights out of JWA will be the company's first in California, Wedge said.
Orange County Board Chairman John Moorlach hailed the move, which was approved Tuesday.
``When you look at the demographics of this region, providing flights from John Wayne to Mexico is a good public service,'' Moorlach said.
The supervisors also approved Skywest Airlines' plan to take over commercial service to Salt Lake City on behalf of Delta Airlines, Wedge said.
Compass Airlines had been operating the flight to Utah for Delta that Skywest is taking over, Wedge said.
Skywest will operate three daily flights to Salt Lake City, using a Bombardier CRJ 900, she said.
Skywest had been previously providing commuter flights out of John Wayne Airport for United Airlines, Wedge said.
- City News Service