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January 31, 1985
1940 -Airfield known as "Eddie Martin's Airport" becomes Orange County Airport, with air service provided by Martin Aviation. - World War II----Federal government takes over airport for Army Air Corps base. 1952 -Bonanza Airlines (which became Hughes Airwest and later Republic Airlines) inaugurates airport's first regularly scheduled passenger service with DC-3s to San Diego and Phoenix. 1967 - A new 22,500-square-foot terminal completed.
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June 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
AirTran Airways makes its debut at John Wayne Airport (SNA) on Sunday with nonstop flights from the Orange County airport to two destinations in Mexico: Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in Baja and Mexico City (MEX). It's the first time the airport has offered regular service between Orange County and Mexico. To celebrate, AirTran will be serving a Mexican-style breakfast at 10 a.m. Sunday and giving out goodie bags for passengers waiting to board the airline's first flights.
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July 23, 1985 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for Newport Beach and Orange County have reached a tentative settlement in the long-running litigation over expansion of John Wayne Airport, indicating that a resolution of nearly 15 years of discord may be at hand, The Times has learned. In court papers submitted late Monday, the attorneys said they have "reached agreement on the basic terms of the settlement" under which Newport Beach homeowners would withdraw their opposition to limited expansion of the airport.
TRAVEL
November 13, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Beginning Monday, passengers at Orange County's John Wayne Airport will find more parking, more elbow room, state-of-the-industry check-in kiosks and an array of works from local artists. They'll also find more places to plug in a laptop and more places to lap up a lunch. It's all part of the biggest upgrade at John Wayne since the airport's Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened in 1990, modernizing a facility that has historically carried more cachet than most regionals because of its landmark noise-abatement work in the '80s and '90s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 | NANCY RAY and JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
San Diego County civilian and military leaders lined up solidly Wednesday in opposition to efforts to build a $6.5-billion regional airport for Orange County at Camp Pendleton. To add insult to intrusion, the Orange County task force that named Camp Pendleton as a preferred airport site said the San Diego Assn.
TRAVEL
December 2, 2001
Orange County airport--In the November Travel Statistics charts that feature lowest air fares, the airlines that fly from John Wayne Airport to Honolulu were incorrectly listed. Only Aloha Airlines serves this route, not Hawaiian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1990
There's been so much discussion of late about changing the airport name back to Orange County Airport that I would like to offer another idea. I think the airport should be named after someone who typifies Orange County, someone who symbolizes the county's greed and devotion to the haves taking it all from the have-nots. With this in mind, I would like to suggest that the airport be named the Donald Bren Airport. DONNA LAMPSON, Irvine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991
A reply to the Commentary by Capt. Richard Deeds, a 27-year veteran of a major airline: Captain, I vacationed every summer in Newport Beach beginning in 1947 and purchased a residence 18 years ago where I vacation year-round. The original Orange County Airport was for small, private aircraft and no one was aware it was about except for airplane hobbyists. There was peace and quiet under the flight patterns. But some big-moneyed entrepreneurs, hoteliers and politicians determined the Orange County Airport should be another LAX, changed the name to John Wayne Airport and launched noisy commercial airplanes over previously quiet neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Robert Bresnahan, Orange County's airport manager during an explosive period of growth, died over the weekend in Mesa, Ariz., after a long illness. He was 70. Bresnahan quit his post in 1978 after serving for 10 tumultuous years at what is now John Wayne Airport. He assumed similar duties at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz., and retired in 1990. When Bresnahan arrived in Orange County from Riverside in 1968, the airport handled a total of 66,500 passengers.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2010 | By Richard Lee
Two months after selling two hotels in Philadelphia, HEI Hotels & Resorts, a Norwalk, Conn.-based investor in hotel properties, has sold the 293-suite Embassy Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport for an undisclosed price. "With the comprehensive renovation completed in 2008, we have achieved our long-term ownership vision for this hotel," said Steve Mendell, HEI's president for acquisitions and development. "Combining our intimate knowledge of both the hotel and the market, however, we believe we will continue to add value to this asset as a third-party operator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
In the heyday of the debate to turn the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a commercial airport, Stan Oftelie bookmarked a pertinent website under his Internet favorites. Not anymore, said Oftelie, president of the Orange County Business Council: "I've lost the website. I've reorganized it out of my life." But even after voters rejected the airport plan, and the federal government opened the auction Jan.
OPINION
June 12, 2004
Re "Sorry, Duke, but There's a Really Cool TV Show ... " June 9: At the risk of sounding pedestrian, how about we name the John Wayne Airport "Orange County Airport"? I've always thought that naming it after a moderate actor who was famous for playing at being a cowboy and spent his days sunning on his private beach a bit disconcerting. And naming it after a TV show? Can you imagine the backlash to headlines like " 'The O.C.' Is Canceled," " 'The O.C.' Runs Into Financial Trouble," "Execs at 'The O.C.' in Rehab"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
In a case of life imitating art -- or is it life imitating art imitating life? -- an Orange County supervisor suggested Tuesday that John Wayne Airport be renamed after the hit prime-time soap opera "The O.C." The year-old Fox network show lampoons the county as home to self-absorbed teenagers and their rich parents, but it has proved so popular that Orange County boosters have used it to promote tourism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors pulled out of two regional airport boards Tuesday, a symbolic end to the county's eight-year fight to build a second airport at the closed El Toro Marine base. Supervisors voted 3 to 2, with Jim Silva and Chuck Smith dissenting, to drop out of the Southern California Regional Airport Authority and the Orange County Regional Airport Authority.
TRAVEL
December 2, 2001
Orange County airport--In the November Travel Statistics charts that feature lowest air fares, the airlines that fly from John Wayne Airport to Honolulu were incorrectly listed. Only Aloha Airlines serves this route, not Hawaiian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1990
So Supervisor Thomas F. Riley's name is to adorn the new passenger terminal at Orange County Airport. How fitting that this man, who has single-handedly done more to overpopulate Orange County and obliterate natural open space as an Orange County supervisor, should be so honored. As passengers stream out of this new terminal to the inevitable traffic jam in any direction from the airport, may they pause a moment (there will be many) to reflect on this man's "contribution" to Orange County's quality of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2001
The county's plan for El Toro is a joke. The pilots have told the county they will not depart either north or east from an El Toro airport. The courts have invalidated the aviation easements required to land from the south. The Maestre report shows the noise to be much more pervasive than the county claims. And the county has admitted that the airport pollution and noise cannot be mitigated. Add to this the fact that there is no demonstrable need for a second airport. The number of John Wayne passengers can be doubled without physical expansion or extended hours.
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