Alaska to cut Portland flight in August
Flights to Portland will go from 4 to 3
Alaska Airlines said Thursday it will cut one flight between John Wayne Airport and Portland, Ore., as of Aug. 26.
Alaska currently flies four times daily between Orange County and Oregon's largest city. The flight to be dropped is the earliest, a 6:45 a.m. departure. The rest of the schedule will be adjusted and announced later.
"The flight was cut because it under-performed," said Bobbie Egan, Alaska's media relations manager in Seattle.
Egan said the move is not part of a larger cutback at John Wayne Airport, where Alaska also has seven daily roundtrips to Seattle.
"Overall, we are pleased with how the remaining flights are performing in Orange County and remain committed to Orange County," Egan said.
Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, is the only carrier currently on the waiting list for John Wayne Airport. However, the airline has not moved toward asking the airport to start any service.
The announcement comes the day after United Airlines said it would end service between Orange County and Honolulu at the end of April.
Air Tran, a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, will begin flying to Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas on June 3. They will be the first flights to use the airport's new Customs and Border Protection facilities for passengers entering the United States. Air Tran will also add a flight from Orange County to Las Vegas and another to San Francisco.
John Wayne spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said the airport remains optimistic about an upswing in business and that a busy summer vacation season would help determine whether airlines add or subtract more flights.
"We expect to see more passengers flying," she said.
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