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By Jill Cowan | June 6, 2013
John Wayne Airport passengers could soon say "Aloha" to reinstated service to Hawaii, Airport Director Alan Murphy told members of the Newport Beach business community at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning. He said he gets asked a lot about service to Hawaii, and airport operators hope to work with an appropriate carrier to provide flights to the islands. But first, airport officials are aiming for Washington, D.C. "It's our No. 1 current unserved market," Murphy said.
May 22, 2013
Costa Mesa will temporarily close roads near John Wayne Airport in June as part of a $5.9-million project to improve streets and sidewalks. The city will hold two public meetings June 5 to inform the public about the construction, which will include repaving all roads on the airport's west side, bounded by the 55 and 405 freeways, the airport and Masters Circle, according to a news release from the city. Work is expected to continue through November. Streets and sidewalks are in "immediate need of improvement," Public Works Director Ernesto Munoz said in the release.
May 21, 2013
Two people were injured — with one of them cut free from her car — in a two-vehicle collision near John Wayne Airport, authorities said Tuesday. Officials received a call about 5:30 p.m. Monday that two vehicles had collided near Airport Loop Drive and Red Hill Avenue, authorities said. Firefighters were on scene within three minutes and freed the woman. They took her to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for evaluation, according to Costa Mesa Fire Department Capt. Jason Pyle.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 4, 2013
Riley Peterson scores, surfs and soars. Not in that particular order, but on any given day, he can do all three. Peterson is on the lacrosse and surf teams at Newport Harbor High. When he's not on the field with a stick or in the ocean on a short board, the senior is in the air on a plane. The single-engine Piper aircraft isn't his. It belongs to his grandfather, Burt Christiansen, who lives in Utah. Peterson comes from a family of pilots. His other grandpa, Don Peterson, used to fly, and his father, Ty Peterson, is a licensed pilot..
By Jill Cowan | May 3, 2013
A mechanical shriek followed a low rumble as the Boeing 737 came closer, a looming albatross partially obscured by a thin, misty cloud. Within moments, it had passed and was soaring over the gunmetal waters of the Upper Newport Bay and toward the ocean. Then, the jet did something it wasn't supposed to do: It flew straight ahead. "He didn't turn," observed Ken Shapero, a GE Aviation Systems official, peering skyward. The plane, striped in Southwest Airlines' distinctive yellow and red, should have curved left to stay roughly over the bay to comply with a flight pattern aimed at protecting residents from noise.
By Jill Cowan | April 9, 2013
In addition to that famously steep takeoff, some passengers heading out of John Wayne Airport could someday sit through a zig-zag  over the Upper Newport Bay, if the Federal Aviation Administration approves a departure procedure recommended by  the Newport Beach City Council. At its meeting Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to send a letter to the federal agency proposing the procedure, which was developed with the help of aviation consulting firm Naverus for $75,000.
April 6, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will have its first meeting following this week's big move into its new civic digs at 7 p.m. Tuesday. While the council has met in its new council chambers since December, city staff spent a few days packing up files and preparing for the weekend haul . At Tuesday's meeting, the council is expected to approve a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration asking it to consider a revised pattern for flights...
By Julie Carr and By Julie Carr | March 11, 2013
During the 1950s, Southern California culture was ablaze with anything considered chic, sophisticated and novel. Artists, designers and architects were pushing boundaries in style, design, architecture and invention. World War II was over, and the economy was thriving. The Orange County Airport (as it was originally named) was in its youth. Despite its 1920s founding as a private landing strip, it had been utilized as a federal military base during the war. Afterward, the small airport was returned to the County of Orange with a deed stipulation that it be used commercially.
August 24, 2012
Those planning to visit John Wayne Airport this weekend should expect delays. Portions of MacArthur Boulevard will be narrowed Saturday and Sunday to allow for street maintenance resurfacing by Irvine's Public Works Department. According to a press release, the roadway system at the airport is undergoing seismic remediation to ensure safety on the upper-level roadway. The affected areas are next to JWA's main entrance and exit. A portion of the airport's lower-level roadway will also be narrowed to allow continued construction of pillars supporting the upper-level roadway.
By JOSEPH SERNA | November 23, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors decided this week to explore alternatives to using county firefighters at John Wayne Airport. Board members had considered replacing the contract with the Orange County Fire Authority, reducing current staffing levels and creating a specific airport fire department, but decided to maintain the status quo for the next year while researching alternatives. On the heels of the airport opening its new Terminal C, which is part of a $543-million expansion and renovation project, the supervisors considered a reduction to staffing.
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