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Virgin Drops Out of the OC to Focus on 2 New LAX Routes

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Virgin America announced today that they will be ceasing operations in and out of Orange County's John Wayne Airport, according to the OC Register. The airline has been running flights between there and San Francisco International since April 2009, when they launched the route with a splashy event that included Virgin chairman Richard Branson strumming a boogie board on the tarmac and appearances by some of the "Real Housewives" ladies. Instead of the JWA-SFO route, Virgin is throwing their focus to two new routes out of LAX, Orlando and Toronto. The last JWA-SFO flight is scheduled for May 26. JWA will welcome Air Canada next month, and says they have a waiting list of airlines interested in replacing Virgin.