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September 5, 2013
Costa Mesa officials are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony next week for what's being called the largest street-improvement project in city history. The groundbreaking is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at 300 Paularino Ave., between Red Hill and Airway avenues. It will recognize the $6.2-million Airport Area Improvement Project, which will resurface about 2.6 million square feet of streets in Costa Mesa's upper northeast corner, near John Wayne Airport. The area is bounded on the west by the 55 Freeway; on the south by Masters Circle, a residential street; on the north by Airport Loop Drive; and on the east by Airway Avenue.
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This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 27, 2013
Slightly more passengers flew into and out of John Wayne Airport this July than last, according to numbers released Tuesday. The airport served 834,328 people in July 2013, a 2.2% increase over the previous July, when 816,536 people were served. Still, fewer aircraft takeoffs and landings were reported last month. More than 21,800 aircraft operations occurred this July, a 1% decrease over the same month in 2012. Some of this decrease can be attributed to a decline in the number of commuter flights, which are commercial flights involving aircraft that seat no more than 70 people, and a decline in the number of private aircraft flights.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
Re: " Visit Newport Beach is not calling for airport expansion?" (July 29): Former Daily Pilot Publisher Tom Johnson was amazed and surprised by my letter; I'm delighted by his. Tom, with his characteristic candor, at least clarifies a fact that Visit Newport CEO Gary Sherwin was working on the John Wayne Airport's Marketing Task Force, not as head of Visit Newport Beach, but as head of the Orange County Visitor's Bureau. Sherwin and Visit Newport Beach together are participating in marketing JWA to bring more visitors to JWA and then possibly to Newport Beach.
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By Tom Johnson | July 29, 2013
Re. " Commentary: Marketing JWA hurts Newport Beach ," (July 26): I read with interest and amazement Bob Hawkins letter regarding service to John Wayne Airport and the role of Visit Newport Beach. As the immediate past chairman of the organization, it is a subject I know a lot about. Visit Newport Beach, as the city's marketing agency, is charged with filling up hotels with visitors, which in turn pay room tax, one of the largest revenue generators for the city of Newport Beach.
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By Robert C. Hawkins | July 26, 2013
As a member of AirFair, I fully support board member Melinda Seely and Airfair's recent letter regarding our surprise and anger over the head of Visit Newport Beach Inc.'s participation in marketing John Wayne Airport ("Newport Beach should avoid marketing John Wayne Airport," June 20). In her June 17, 2013, Orange County Register column, Barbara Venezia asked Mr. Gary Sherwin for his reaction to Melinda and AirFair's letter. His response missed the point. First, he said he was doing this as chairman of the Orange County Visitors Assn., not as head of Visit Newport Beach Inc., the city of Newport Beach's visitor's bureau, which receives almost all of its money from the city.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
John Wayne Airport saw a 3.4% jump in passengers last month compared to the same period in 2012, according to the airport's monthly statistics report. In June, 811,447 passengers passed through the airport's gates, up from 784,849 in June last year. Those numbers bring the year-to-date passenger total to 4,498,419, a 6.3% increase from last year. If traffic in the second half of the year stays at similar levels, the airport could be on pace to see about 9 million passengers - 1.8 million shy of its 10.8 million yearly cap. Total aircraft operations, which includes take-offs and landings, decreased by 5.7% from last year, with 20,881 total in June 2013, versus 22,154 in June 2012.
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By Lauren Williams | July 17, 2013
Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she struck a bicycle patrol officer with her SUV in a parking lot at John Wayne Airport, officials said Wednesday. Rebecca McLaughlin, 48, of Irvine, hit the Orange County Sheriff's Department special officer on bike patrol at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the A-2 parking structure, authorities said. The bike patrol officer heard a crashing noise in the parking structure and went to check it out, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
NEWS
July 6, 2013
At least 12 flights between John Wayne Airport and San Francisco were canceled Saturday after a jetliner crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport earlier in the day, according to JWA's website. Seven departures from and five arrivals to JWA, mainly Southwest and United airlines flights, were canceled as of 8 p.m. Saturday, the JWA website said. Two people died and at 49 people were in serious condition after an Asiana Airlines flight carrying 307 passengers from Seoul, South Korea, crashed at 11:27 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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By Jill Cowan | June 25, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration could revisit Newport Beach's request that the agency consider developing an advanced departure procedure from John Wayne Airport that would dampen the roar of jet engines over homes neighboring the Upper Newport Bay, according to a letter the FAA sent the city. But first, FAA officials said, the world's busiest airport is in line for a test version of the upgrade. Starting this fall, Delta Air Lines pilots taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will have the option of flying a Requiered Navigation Performance departure procedure, which would "take aircraft on a curving path over a golf course" west of the airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
In the June 6 article " JWA director says flights to D.C. in the works ," we at AirFair were surprised to learn that the head of Newport Beach's visitor's bureau, Gary Sherwin, was one of the people leading marketing efforts for John Wayne Airport. At the June 6 meeting of the Government Affairs Committee for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, also known as Wake Up! Newport, Alan Murphy, JWA's director, reported the formation of the Air Service Task Force, composed of members of the Orange County Business Council, Anaheim Orange County Visitor's Bureau and Sherwin.
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