Company and airport officials this week lauded Mexico City-based Interjet's recent announcement that it will begin offering nonstop daily service from John Wayne Airport to Guadalajara and Mexico City starting in October.
Interjet — which company Chief Executive Jose Luis Garza Alvarez said has taken business cues from U.S. low-fare carrier JetBlue — aims to bring convenience and affordability to international travel, especially for local residents who formerly braved the chaos of Los Angeles International Airport to visit family in Mexico.
"It's going to be faster and easier for Mexicans coming up and vice versa," Garza said Thursday.
JWA's lease agreement with Interjet was approved at the Orange County Board of Supervisors' meeting Sept. 11. The deal makes Interjet the second airline to provide JWA to Mexico service after AirTran Airways launched flights to Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas in June.
AirTran was the first airline to make use of JWA's new passport and customs checkpoint in Terminal C, meaning that the Southwest-owned carrier nabbed two out of three incentive packages from the county to "kick-start" international flights, according to Airport Director Alan Murphy.