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Air Carrier Seeks to Begin Salt Lake City-O.C. Flights

Orange County airport officials said Monday that they have received an application from a small regional airline that wants to begin offering twice daily flights between Salt Lake City and John Wayne Airport.

The Tucson-based carrier, Sierra Pacific Airline, flies jets under contract from a Salt Lake travel marketing firm, Morris Air Service Corp.

David Neeleman, Morris president, said the carrier would use a 130-seat Boeing B737-300 if it is allowed to begin service from Orange County.

Under the county-owned airport’s noise restrictions, only aircraft that pass a tough noise test are permitted at John Wayne Airport.

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County officials will approve a list of carriers early in 1992 for a 12-month period that begins April 1. An airport spokeswoman said that if Sierra Pacific passes the noise test and meets all other criteria, it would be the first commercial carrier on the waiting list for admission to the airport in April.

In the past year, as the recession-battered travel industry contracts, two airlines, USAir and Midway, have stopped serving Orange County.


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