SANTA ANA — In a move that bodes well for Orange County business travelers, Continental Airlines on Friday unveiled plans to become the second airline with a daily, nonstop flight between John Wayne Airport and metropolitan New York.
Continental's flights between Orange County and Newark International Airport are scheduled to begin Oct. 30, with air fares ranging from $388 for an advance purchase, round-trip ticket to $693 for an unrestricted, one-way ticket.
A red-eye flight will depart from John Wayne Airport at 9:40 p.m. and arrive at Newark at 5:30 a.m. the next day.
A return flight will depart from Newark at 5 p.m. and arrive at John Wayne at 8:04 p.m.
At present, only American Airlines has regularly scheduled, nonstop service to the New York City area from the county airport.
Several other airlines have one-stop service to New York airports.
"We're in favor of anything that reduces the risk of missing flight connections," said Pam Marsden, a travel agent with Anytime Anywhere Travel Inc. in Santa Ana.