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By Amanda Pennington | December 20, 2006
With Christmas and New Year's Day both falling on Mondays this holiday season, Southern Californians seem to be planning to take advantage of the long weekends by heading out of town. According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, 5.5 million people will be taking off for the holidays over the next couple weeks, which represents a small increase over last year's numbers. There's an opportunity to make an easy three-day weekend out of both holidays, Auto Club spokeswoman Elaine Beno said.
By Kelly Strodl | August 27, 2007
Betty Behr loves her home in Newport Beach but hates the noise that comes with it. Living for the last 24 years in the Park Newport Apartments on Irvine Avenue, the sound of airplanes taking off from John Wayne Airport have ruined her sleep, she said. “[We] used to live in paradise; not anymore since the planes came in,” Behr said. One thing’s for sure: She’s not alone with her concerns. Nearby, homeowners in Eastbluff have started to voice their complaints as well.
By Alan Blank | May 9, 2008
Airline passengers whispered and craned their necks as they passed a group of about 70 uniformed security workers assembled in rank and file Friday at John Wayne Airport. Flanked by men and women in suits, the workers stood at attention facing a podium where Rep. Dana Rohrabacher addressed them in honor of Public Service Recognition Week. Airport security personnel are just as vital to our national security as soldiers fighting in Baghdad, Rohrabacher told the workers. “We know there are people who would like to find a way to kill a large number of Americans.
By Alan Blank | May 23, 2008
Tears welled up in Juventina Benavides’ eyes as she waited by an escalator at John Wayne Airport, reflecting months that she had worried about her son, Nelson, who spent most of the past year under fire in an Iraqi combat zone. Her husband, three daughters, niece, nephew, brother and son’s girlfriend stood beside her, holding balloons and home-made signs welcoming their 24-year-old soldier home to Costa Mesa as he finished his deployment. When they had to say goodbye to Nelson last year, everybody was apprehensive.
By Amanda Pennington | November 3, 2006
Orange County prosecutors on Thursday filed felony charges against rapper Snoop Dogg stemming from a September incident at John Wayne Airport when he tried to board a plane while allegedly carrying a weapon. Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, was detained by Orange County sheriff's deputies Sept. 27 after two airport security screeners found a 20-inch collapsible baton in his laptop case, Deputy Dist. Atty. Andre Manssourian said. That type of baton, which can shrink to eight inches, is considered a dangerous and illegal weapon, according to the district attorney.
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.
By Mike Reicher, | September 13, 2010
John Wayne Airport was once a quaint airstrip with a modest terminal and roll-up boarding stairs. That all changed 20 years ago this week when the Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened, boosting the airport into the modern age with 14 gates and a stainless steel and a glass-enclosed central lobby. It was the heralding of a new era of travel and tourism — and debate over its impacts — in Orange County. More flights with more destinations meant a broader swath of tourists and easier jaunts for business travelers.
By Brianna Bailey | November 17, 2009
The airport watchdog group AirFair hopes a plan to lure Disneyland-bound tourists to Ontario International Airport with incentives like fare rebates and shuttle rides will help siphon some passengers away from John Wayne Airport. “We think it’s a win-win situation for all involved,” said AirFair President Melinda Seeley. “This would take a percentage of our air traffic and divert it to Ontario, which is dying for more passengers.” The group will host a forum on the issue at noon Dec. 4 at the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station Community Room, 20401 Acacia Ave. Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX and Ontario Airport, is working on a plan to give incentives to Disneyland visitors who fly through Ontario.
By Brianna Bailey | December 21, 2009
A radio operator at El Toro Marine Air Base heard a scream over the airwaves, and then silence in the seconds before a twin-engine airplane crashed and burned on a hill near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Ford Road in Newport Beach on May 29, 1965. All nine people aboard the eight-passenger Beechcraft airplane died in the fiery crash, The Los Angeles Times reported in an article dated May 30, 1965. Witnesses saw the airplane strike a power line and catch fire shortly after taking off about 6:30 a.m. from the Orange County Airport, now known as John Wayne Airport.
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