August 1, 2013
Re: " Visit Newport Beach is not calling for airport expansion?" (July 29): Former Daily Pilot Publisher Tom Johnson was amazed and surprised by my letter; I'm delighted by his. Tom, with his characteristic candor, at least clarifies a fact that Visit Newport CEO Gary Sherwin was working on the John Wayne Airport's Marketing Task Force, not as head of Visit Newport Beach, but as head of the Orange County Visitor's Bureau. Sherwin and Visit Newport Beach together are participating in marketing JWA to bring more visitors to JWA and then possibly to Newport Beach.
June 19, 2013
In the June 6 article " JWA director says flights to D.C. in the works ," we at AirFair were surprised to learn that the head of Newport Beach's visitor's bureau, Gary Sherwin, was one of the people leading marketing efforts for John Wayne Airport. At the June 6 meeting of the Government Affairs Committee for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, also known as Wake Up! Newport, Alan Murphy, JWA's director, reported the formation of the Air Service Task Force, composed of members of the Orange County Business Council, Anaheim Orange County Visitor's Bureau and Sherwin.
December 5, 2009
While it won’t solve the issue, a local group says it’s found a way to steer away more than a million travelers from landing at John Wayne Airport and help relieve some of the pressure on the facility to expand. “Any amount of traffic we can get diverted is key,” said Jeanne Price, one of the founders of AirFair, a local group dedicated to keeping John Wayne Airport from expanding. AirFair hosted a presentation Friday by Peggy Ducey, a consultant hired by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
December 5, 2009
AirFair, a local airport watchdog group, has proposed an intriguing remedy to help muffle the noise in local skies: Ontario. AirFair hopes that by offering rides and discounted tickets, Disneyland-bound air passengers will choose the more-distant gateway in San Bernardino County instead of John Wayne Airport. A recent survey found that 1.3 million passengers to JWA are going to or coming back from Disneyland — no small segment of the airport’s 9 million annual travelers.
November 17, 2009
The airport watchdog group AirFair hopes a plan to lure Disneyland-bound tourists to Ontario International Airport with incentives like fare rebates and shuttle rides will help siphon some passengers away from John Wayne Airport. “We think it’s a win-win situation for all involved,” said AirFair President Melinda Seeley. “This would take a percentage of our air traffic and divert it to Ontario, which is dying for more passengers.” The group will host a forum on the issue at noon Dec. 4 at the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station Community Room, 20401 Acacia Ave. Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX and Ontario Airport, is working on a plan to give incentives to Disneyland visitors who fly through Ontario.
May 26, 2009
Submitted by Sharon - PR Chairman The Newport Harbor Elks Lodge Officers attended the Elks California-Hawaii State Convention May 13-16 in the Ontario Airport area. Many awards in all categories were presented to over 200 Lodges in Northern, Central, Southern California and the five (5) Lodges in Hawaii. Exalted Ruler David Leonard accepted the following on behalf of the NH Elks Lodge: President's Achievement Awards 1)All District(Orange Coast) Lodge Award and 2)All State Lodge Award, Division Four - 701 to 1100 members.
January 20, 2009
As Orange County continues to deal with the issue of regional air-traffic demand, and the already over-burdened local airports, opponents and proponents alike fail to recognize that solutions are right in front of us. These solutions have the potential to: Begin immediately and cost less than expanding highways and airports Create jobs and businesses, contributing to a sustainable economy Ease air traffic at over burdened...
November 19, 2008
Los Angeles airport officials are in the midst of creating an office to encourage airlines to direct flights away from bustling LAX to regional airports, such as Ontario International Airport, but John Wayne Airport is not included in the plans. “AirFair supports the efforts of Los Angeles World Airports/LAX to lend a helping hand to Ontario Airport, which has suffered more than any other Southern California airport in the current economic downtown of the airport industry.
November 22, 2007
It was no chance happening that I chose a pub for the Daily Pilot’s inaugural “Chat with the Editors” get-together earlier this week. I figured that after dodging the slings and arrows of an angry horde, I’d need a drink. Turns out, the horde would not be so tidily defined. Lively, yes. Opinionated, uh huh. And angered about the proliferation of sober-living homes in Newport, the possible expansion of John Wayne Airport and some opinions spewed on our website and in our newspaper.