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October 13, 2009
When John Wayne Airport was designed, it was an act of faith that airplanes would take off into prevailing winds over the ocean. What they failed to accept, or did not wish to admit, was that there was a city between their county airport and the ocean. So the torture of residents began. Over the years, airport apologists focused on Upper Newport Bay, where nobody lives, as a pathway for the airplanes to the sea, but try as they might, pilots could not follow the corkscrew shape of that bay, and they smeared over houses along the way. By the time they got to Balboa Island, their tracks covered the whole of the island, but apologists wrote this off as collateral damage, and besides, the 65 dB CNEL contour was at Anniversary Lane by the airport miles away.
May 17, 2007
Niko Ridge, a student at Victoria Elementary School, took second place statewide in an art contest sponsored by John Wayne Airport. The fourth-grader had received an honorable mention last fall for his colored-pencil drawing of a Boeing-747 landing at the airport. Afterward, John Wayne officials sent the winning drawings to a statewide competition — and Niko ended up in second place, tying with two others from elsewhere in California. On Tuesday, he was honored at a ceremony in the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. "I didn't know what to say," Niko, 9, said about his victory.
By Brianna Bailey | December 21, 2009
John Wayne Airport has seen its annual security costs jump from about $4 million to $16 million since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to airport officials. The attacks marked the beginning of a new era of increased security at the airport. It was shut down for two days by the Federal Aviation administration, which ordered all civil and commercial flights halted right after the hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon John Wayne saw its security costs triple during the first year after 9-11, from about $4 million annually to $12 million.
November 11, 2009
Passenger levels at John Wayne Airport appear to have pulled out of a yearlong 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.
By Alicia Robinson | August 5, 2006
Newport Beach city officials were preparing to reveal a groundbreaking pact with Orange County that would give the city more control over a number of issues, but they pulled back late this week. The agreement was slated for Tuesday's City Council meeting, but city and county leaders need more time to look it over, Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau said Friday. The pact has been in the works for three years. "It still needs to be reviewed by some people at the county," he said.
July 20, 2006
A power outage at an air-traffic control center in Palmdale Tuesday afternoon resulted in hundreds of delayed flights and forced John Wayne Airport to break its legally imposed curfew, officials said Wednesday. A car or truck that struck a pole about 4:19 p.m. caused the outage at the center, which serves most planes within a 200-mile radius of its Palmdale location, said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's northwest mountain region. Officials are still investigating why the backup power failed after about an hour.
By Michael Miller | November 22, 2007
While the terminals at John Wayne Airport bustled with holiday travelers Wednesday, Hany Gergis enjoyed a moment of peace and calm. The owner of the airport’s Royal Shuttle service said he got only a scattered few customers the day before Thanksgiving, since most people opted to pick up their family members themselves rather than let them take a shuttle. He added, however, that he expected his job to grow hectic again as soon as visitors boarded their planes back home.
By Brianna Bailey | March 18, 2010
Virgin America announced Thursday that it is pulling out of John Wayne Airport. The news comes less than a year after the airline made a highly promoted Orange County debut that included a visit from British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, the airline’s majority owner. Virgin America will end service from JWA to San Francisco International Airport, its only destination from JWA, on May 26, according to a press release. The move allows the airline to shuffle its fleet and begin service from Orlando International Airport with daily nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport and SFO in August.
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