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John Wayne Airport Releases Economic Impact Study of Mexico Air Service

November 23, 2013 Airport No Comments Email Email

John Wayne Airport (JWA) announces the results of an economic impact study of air service from Mexico to Orange County. The study, conducted for JWA by InterVISTAS Consulting LLC, found that the total economic output in the region generated by JWA’s Mexico air service is $131 million.

This study shows the significant value air service from Mexico brings to the region’s economy,” said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. “With our partners AirTran and Interjet, we look forward to continuing to provide a convenient gateway for business and leisure travelers to reach the heart of Southern California.”

Nonstop service between Orange County and Mexico (Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City) was introduced by AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, in June 2012. Interjet began daily service to Guadalajara and Mexico City in October 2012.

The combined economic impact of the Mexico air service to Orange County and the region, including the total impact of airport related operations and the direct impact of visitor spending, is summarized below:

• Employment (Full-Time Equivalents): 990.
• Earnings: $39 million. This includes wages, salaries and benefits associated with employment tied to the Airport.
• Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $73 million. This is a measure of the dollar value of final goods and services produced as a result of economic activity.
• Economic Output (Spending Impacts): $131 million. The dollar value of the industrial output produced; this reflects spending by firms, organizations and individuals.

Lucy Dunn, president and chief executive officer of the Orange County Business Council, offered the following comment on the service, “In just one year, the AirTran and Interjet flights from Mexico have generated amazing results and underscored the critical role that John Wayne Airport plays in fueling Orange County’s economic engine.”

“This study confirms what OCVA expected all along: JWA’s Mexico air service generates significant visitor expenditures in the Orange County area, nearly $50 million annually,” said Ed Fuller, president and chief executive officer of the Orange County Visitors Association. He continued, “JWA’s direct nonstop flights from Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara and Mexico City are a very welcome addition to the Orange County tourism community.”

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