No Air-Fare Wars at JWA
By Rick Reiff
Orange County Business Journal Staff
While other SoCal airports offer low-fare competition, John Wayne Airport—where flights are limited by the noise agreement between the airport and Newport Beach—remains the high-price alternative. One-way flights to Austin next month from LAX on Southwest and from Long Beach on JetBlue are offered at $79. The best price from John Wayne on American is $105, says Len Kranser of eltoroairport.org. And higher relative pricing is presumably how JWA was able to stay under its 10.3-million passenger cap for the 12 months ended March 31. A brisk summer had the airport on pace to exceed the cap, but after airport officials directed the airlines to “manage their passenger levels,” year-over-year traffic declined for five straight months even as it rose at other regional airports; JWA finished the fiscal year at 9.9 million passengers ...
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