Fight over John Wayne Airport contract spurs allegations of impropriety, price-fixing

Allegations of price fixing, a bungled bidding process and impropriety have dogged a usually ignored, multimillion dollar contract to operate the private-plane terminals at John Wayne Airport, stretching the process into a months-long fight that involves at least two complaints to federal agencies.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors could end that process, if not the dispute, when it is set to select two operators for the contract – one old and one new.

Based on the meeting’s agenda and recent events, it seems the loser in this selection process will be Orlando-based Signature Flight Support – the world’s largest fixed-base operator, a longtime John Wayne Airport contractor and the top-ranked applicant in the recent bidding process.

But the company isn’t going down without a fight.

In January, after Signature realized it would lose the…

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