John Wayne June travel best since 2007

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic topped 800,000 in June, a 3.4 percent increase over June 2012 and a strong showing for the beginning of the summer travel season, the airport reported.

The 811,447 travelers who passed through the airport in June are the most since June 2007 and marked the 15th consecutive month of year-over-year passenger growth.

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“Passenger travel increased … due in large part to AirTran’s and Interjet’s nonstop service to Mexico as well as continued strong domestic travel,” said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.

AirTran, a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, launched once-daily flights from Orange County to Mexico City and to Cabo San Lucas in June 2012. The airline added a second daily flight to the Baja tourist destination last month. Southwest said that second Cabo flight will continue through the summer vacation season.

Interjet is a Mexican carrier that began service at John Wayne in October and offers two flights daily – one to Mexico City and the other to Guadalajara, that country’s second-largest city.

The Mexico service – combined with one daily Westjet flight to Vancouver, Canada – boosted the airport’s international travel in June to 39,153 from just over 21,100 last year.

Overall, nearly 4.5 million travelers went through John Wayne’s gates in the first six months of this year, a 6.3 percent increase over the first half of 2012.