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Mexico Flights Boost OC Airport

Passenger traffic rose nearly 3 percent in 2012, officials say.

John Wayne Airport attracted 2.9 percent more passengers in 2012 than 2011 because of increased flights to Mexico and the improved economy, officials said Tuesday.

The airport reported more than 8.85 million passengers passed through John Wayne Airport in 2012 compared to 8.6 million in 2011.

"The addition of service to three new destinations in Mexico by AirTran and Interjet helped contribute to this growth," said JWA Director Alan L. Murphy. "The overall increase in passengers, however, reflects both the new international service and improvements in the general domestic travel market."

December 2012 posted an even bigger jump over December 2011. Last month, the airport saw 735,626 passengers, up 5.5 percent compared with 697,512 passengers in December 2011.

-- City News Service

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