United to offer flights to Mammoth from JWA

Orange County residents can soon go from the beach to the slopes faster than they can change out of a swimsuit and into a snow coat.

United Airlines plans to offer skiers and snowboarders seasonal four-day-a-week, nonstop flights from John Wayne to Mammoth Yosemite Airport.

"The most important thing about this is it's new, and it provides Orange County travelers additional options to get to their favorite destinations," one of them being Mammoth, said John Wayne Airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.

The flights will be offered Friday through Monday from Dec. 16 to April 15.

Flights will depart from JWA at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in Mammoth at 3:39 p.m. Return flights will depart from Mammoth at 12:15 p.m. and arrive at JWA at 1:36 p.m.

The flights will be on Commercial Regional Jet 700s, which seat 66 to 78 passengers, Wedge said.

The Mammoth Yosemite Airport is about 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes.

— Britney Barnes

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