June 9, 2009
Passenger levels at John Wayne Airport were down 11.3% for the year at the end of May, according to the latest statistics released Tuesday. Passenger levels at the airport dropped from about 3.7 million for the year in May 2008 to 3.3 million at the end of last month. John Wayne Airport served 739,093 passengers in May, compared with 771,124 passengers in May 2008, representing a drop of 4.2% for the month. Commercial carrier flight operations at the airport grew by 1.4% when compared to the same period a year ago. — Brianna Bailey
June 2, 2001
Aloha Airlines has added a flight from John Wayne Airport to Kahului, Maui, a month after initiating service to Honolulu. The first flight to Maui departed at 8:50 a.m. Friday from the airport's Gate 7. In a ceremony replaying the earlier festivities, the flight was blessed by a Hawaiian priest. Hula dancers also shimmied across the terminal carpet in front of the gate. Aloha began service at the airport May 1 with flights to Honolulu and Las Vegas.
July 19, 2007
John Wayne Airport's new federal security director is Kathleen Roscher, the Transportation Security Administration announced this week. The airport's federal security director is in charge of about 300 administration employees and handles security for all flights coming into John Wayne Airport. Roscher has worked for 30 years in the aviation industry, and for the past three years she has been assistant federal security director at San Francisco International Airport. She replaces Skip Williams, who held the position at John Wayne since the administration was formed in 2002 but was recently promoted.
October 1, 2003
Threat at JWA turns out to be a hoax An anonymous bomb threat at John Wayne Airport, which was phoned in to the Irvine Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, turned out to be a hoax, officials said. The call reportedly came in at 12:33 p.m., said Justin McCusker, spokesman for John Wayne Airport. "Airport officials and Orange County Sheriff's deputies did a search and determined there was no credible threat," he said. McCusker said the threat did not cause any delays.
February 17, 2006
Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau has written a clear, concise statement about the settlement agreement, which limits passenger growth at John Wayne Airport ("Pride in airport deal is deserved," Feb. 9). His letter should serve as a reference for Newport Beach residents who care about the expansion of John Wayne Airport. We all should be proud of the consensus reached with the city, the Airport Working Group and Stop Polluting Our Newport in achieving this settlement agreement, which limits passenger expansion at John Wayne Airport to 10.3 million by 2011 and 10.8 million by Jan. 2, 2016.
October 4, 2006
There are city council elections coming up in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa and candidates soon will express their will. Which candidates will be chosen? Those for the status quo, or those for radical changes in John Wayne Airport overflights? Here are some candidate questions. 1. Do you believe that John Wayne Airport overflights over Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are a serious threat to our quality of life? 2. Do you believe that aviation noise should be restricted to provide the greatest good for the greatest number?
October 23, 2009
There is something decidedly disquieting about Joe Bell’s The Bell Curve (“Airport’s change for the worse,” Oct 15). He calls for a goal to stop expansion of John Wayne Airport while raising the level of discourse about permanent curfew and passenger caps. His argument is based on a $652-million terminal improvement, but he ignores the land-locked nature of dinky John Wayne Airport which can not grow much even if caps were abandoned, and he assumes the airplanes always will depart over Newport Beach, a big mistake in the initial design of that airport.
February 12, 2000
-- Andrew Glazer JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT -- No flights will be canceled or delayed because of mandatory airplane inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration, an airport spokeswoman said Friday. On Friday, the FAA ordered all airlines to allow them to inspect MD-80, MD-90, DC-9 and 717 jetliners -- about one-fifth of the nation's passenger airline fleet. The Alaska Airlines plane that crashed and killed all 88 of its passengers 20 miles north of Los Angeles last month was a MD-80.
January 28, 2010
John Wayne Airport has struck a deal with Air Canada to start offering service in April, airport officials said. The one-flight-a-day service to Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport is scheduled to begin April 6, said John Wayne Airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge. The expansion into Orange County is one of seven new additions for the Canadian airline, which will be flying to 55 U.S. destinations by summer, according to an Air Canada news release. JWA does not have U.S. customs enforcement; all of that will be handled on the Canadian side, Wedge said.
September 25, 2009
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded John Wayne Airport an $8.8-million grant to equip the future Terminal C with a baggage handling and screening system for check-in luggage, airport officials said in a news release Friday. The grant will allow the airport to purchase technology to scan bags for dangerous materials, such as explosives, airport officials said. The in-line baggage handling system should be up and running by late 2011, they said. They said the technology will screen bags for explosives while keeping the ticketing and boarding process as efficient as possible, airport officials said.