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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 16, 2010
An electrical contractor struck a gas line at John Wayne Airport about 7:30 a.m. today, forcing authorities to block traffic into part of the airport and to evacuate some areas, according to emergency responders. No one was injured by the leaking gas. By 8:30 a.m. workers from the Southern California Gas Co. had capped the 2-inch line and vehicle traffic was allowed to flow again, airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said. No flights were canceled but some may have been delayed as passengers had trouble reaching the terminal, she added.
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By Jill Cowan | April 23, 2014
A man who went into full cardiac arrest died aboard a flight from Dallas to John Wayne Airport late Tuesday morning, authorities said, despite the attempts of fellow passengers and crew members to revive him. John Selner, 78, of Fort Worth, Texas, was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m., shortly after the flight had landed, according to the Orange County Coroner's Office. He was traveling with his wife and son, according to Cpt. Steve Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 17, 2011
COSTA MESA - About two weeks ago, Jackie Marquez walked out of her local Wells Fargo bank branch in Irvine and saw an Occupy Orange County protest on the corner. Disenchanted with big banks and government, the 61-year-old said she was immediately drawn to the protestors, even though she wasn't sure what they stood for. "I was getting so frustrated with government, I didn't want to vote anymore," she said. "This economy has hit me hard. I've had to crawl my way back. " Thursday night, Marquez was still with the Occupy movement, this time taking part in a national day of action by joining more than 60 protestors at John Wayne Airport.
NEWS
May 23, 2001
Paul Clinton JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT -- Taxiway improvements were a no-brainer Tuesday to county Supervisor Tom Wilson, who joined fellow board members in unanimously approving $9.4 million worth of work at the airport. "It's making sure John Wayne remains a top-notch, first-class airport," Wilson said. "I just want us to keep a focus on John Wayne and the quality of the airport." Airport Director Alan Murphy proposed that four related projects be completed in the next two years.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2007
John Wayne Airport served a record-setting number of passengers in June and July this year and expects to top its mark for August as well, spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said Tuesday. More than 900,000 people took flights from the airport in June and 913,000 in July, with both numbers all-time records for John Wayne. The airport’s benchmark for August is 899,900 passengers in 2005, and Wedge said she expected to top that total as well. The airport is in the midst of a renovation that would add a third terminal, six gates, 2,500 parking spaces and more security screening checkpoints.
NEWS
October 22, 2003
June Casagrande The aging and seismically obsolete Fire Station No. 33 at John Wayne Airport will soon be replaced with a modern airfield rescue and firefighting facility that meets state safety guidelines. The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $6-million contract to replace the station with a 15,000-square-foot building with state-of-the-art safety facilities. The 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Bill Campbell absent, means work will begin around Nov. 11 and, once begun, will take no more than 400 days to complete.
NEWS
January 25, 2001
Paul Clinton SANTA ANA -- The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a package of improvements this week to dress up John Wayne Airport. At its Tuesday meeting, the board approved seismic retrofitting work for two parking structures, repaving of a taxiway and the hiring of a public relations firm. The board also laid the groundwork to rebuild the airport's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting facility by hiring an engineering firm to relocate 28 tie-downs for private aircraft.
NEWS
November 11, 2009
Passenger levels at John Wayne Airport appear to have pulled out of a year-long nose dive, jumping 5.1% last month from the same time a year ago, according to new statistics released this week. John Wayne served 769,373 passengers in October, up from 731,985, according to the latest numbers released by airport officials. Passenger levels at John Wayne dropped nearly 10% in 2008 from 2007. October marks the third straight month passenger levels have grown at the airport, after a year of declining numbers.
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NEWS
April 29, 2014
Starting this week, airline passengers who want to breeze through security lines faster at airports nationwide can apply for the privilege at John Wayne Airport's new PreCheck enrollment center. The federal Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program lets qualified U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents use special security lanes that allow for lighter screening at more than 100 airports. Expedited security lets passengers through without taking off their shoes, light jacket or sweater, or belt.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | April 23, 2014
A man who went into full cardiac arrest died aboard a flight from Dallas to John Wayne Airport late Tuesday morning, authorities said, despite the attempts of fellow passengers and crew members to revive him. John Selner, 78, of Fort Worth, Texas, was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m., shortly after the flight had landed, according to the Orange County Coroner's Office. He was traveling with his wife and son, according to Cpt. Steve Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
John Wayne Airport practiced its response to a major emergency Friday. Half a dozen county agencies plus hospitals, Delta Air Lines, the American Red Cross and other emergency personnel took part in the drill from 9 a.m. to noon that simulated a crash with multiple casualties. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the full-scale drill every three years, according to a news release from the airport. "The purpose of the drill is to test and practice the operational capability of the airport's emergency management system in a real-time environment," the release said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 26, 2013
Traffic through John Wayne Airport declined in November 2013 in nearly all categories compared with November 2012, according to a monthly report. The airport's total number of passengers decreased by 1.6%, from 750,800 in November 2012 to 739,031 last month, while total commercial operations declined by 4.5%, from 6,654 to 6,357, the report said. Those figures include international traffic through JWA, which also fell last month, compared with the same period last year. In November 2012, which was one of the first months to see JWA's full range of flights to Mexico up and running, 30,125 total international passengers passed through the airport.
NEWS
By Anh Do | December 19, 2013
Orange County is offering more than $1 million in incentives to airlines willing to make direct flights to Hawaii, Mexico and Washington, D.C., out of John Wayne Airport. The last flight to Hawaii out of Orange County was in 2010, the year Continental Airlines pulled out of the market. John Wayne has never had direct service to the nation's capital. Orange County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a package of $1.3 million in incentives and rent discounts to entice airlines.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
A study whose results were announced this week found that John Wayne Airport's service to Mexico injected about $131 million into the local economy, including revenue from the added airport operations and visitor spending. "This study shows the significant value air service from Mexico brings to the region's economy," Airport Director Alan Murphy said in a statement. "With our partners AirTran and Interjet, we look forward to continuing to provide a convenient gateway for business and leisure travelers to reach the heart of Southern California.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
John Wayne Airport and the County of Orange have scheduled a meeting to gather public input regarding the environmental impact reports soon to be conducted at the facility, according to a news release. The "scoping meeting" marks the next step in the process of updating the airport's settlement agreement, which sets limits on annual passenger travel and aircraft takeoffs and landings. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m . Oct. 17 in the Airport Commission Room at the airport's office building, 3160 Airway Ave. in Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 11, 2013
Amid the bustle at John Wayne Airport and announcements alerting travelers to impending departures, a different mode of travel was showcased Monday - water. ExplorOcean, a Newport Beach-based ocean literacy center, hosted a press event commemorating the opening of its latest exhibit, "Inspire, Educate, Explore. " The 11 12-by-6-foot cases, displaying navigation artifacts and ship models in bottles, can be viewed by visitors in the walkway between the ticketing lobbies of terminals B and C until Nov. 15. The maritime installation spotlights the organization's offshoots, the Ocean Literacy Center, Adventure Outpost and Balboa Fun Zone.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 6, 2013
In anticipation of finalizing an extension to the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement next year, the Orange County Airport Commission has approved the selection of five companies to conduct environmental impact reports. The commission voted 4 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the contracts. Commissioner Chris Welsh was absent. Environ International Corp., Fehr & Peers, AECOM, Landrum & Brown and BonTerra Consulting will each analyze a different aspect of how the proposed settlement agreement, which sets JWA's passenger caps and strict curfews, could affect the environment.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | September 6, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council wants to change the way planes take off from John Wayne Airport and has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to consider its proposal for a new departure procedure. The FAA said it would consider the request. I hope it also tells the city to cool its jets. The council, of course, is responding to homeowner concerns about jet noise, perpetually the source of consternation and controversy in our community. The noise issue has prompted city leaders to repeatedly lobby for changes and restrictions on flying procedures; just two years ago the departure system known as STREL was introduced for about half the flights.
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