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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 19, 2011
While private flying at John Wayne Airport plummeted during the recession, the decline has begun to taper off. Data released Tuesday showed that 7% fewer "general aviation" planes took off or landed at JWA in 2010 compared with 2009, a marked improvement over double-digit drops in the previous two years. JWA became especially unaffordable during the recession because of its comparably high fuel costs, local pilots said. At more than $6 per gallon for jet fuel and gasoline, JWA is more expensive than airports in Fullerton, Long Beach, Torrance and others nearby.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | December 27, 2010
The company looking to unseat the main concessionaire at John Wayne Airport has offered the airport $10 million more in rent compared with its first proposal. Delaware North Cos. of New York is hoping to sway the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which will decide on Jan. 11 which company controls the county-owned airport's restaurants, cocktail lounges and snack shops. At stake is the right to sublease about 28,000 square feet of commercial space in the main terminal and in the under-construction Terminal C. After 20 years with the same concessionaire and an expiring contract, the airport sought proposals for new restaurant concepts and new revenue projections.
NEWS
December 22, 2010
Travelers flying out of John Wayne Airport for Christmas and New Year's Eve are being advised to pack all snow globes and not wrap any presents if they plan to take bags containing them into the plane's cabin, according to JWA Spokeswoman Jenny Wedge. "All carry-on luggage is subject to a search, so you don't want to wrap something that could potentially be unwrapped," she said. Although Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest time of the year for the airport — with Christmas and New Year's Eve following closely behind — passengers should try to get to the airport at least 90 minutes before their scheduled flights, Wedge said.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | November 9, 2010
A Costa Mesa man and his brother were charged Tuesday with murder in the commission of a kidnapping after police said that DNA evidence linked them to a burned female body found in Irvine. Gabino Valdivia-Guzman, 31, and his brother Zenaido Valdivia-Guzman, 24, of Santa Ana, were arraigned in custody in Orange County Superior Court Tuesday on special circumstances murder charges. If convicted, they face a minimum sentence of life in prison without parole. Gabino Valdivia-Guzman has pleaded not-guilty and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing next month.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | November 5, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects the length of the lease terms. Golfers could keep hitting balls under the bellies of flying jets for another decade if the County Board of Supervisors signs a new lease with the Newport Beach Golf Course on Tuesday. Four years ago, the county scrapped John Wayne Airport's controversial plan to pave a parking lot over the public course and decided to renew its land lease. But the lease was on a month-to-month basis, and the course's owners and some golfers were left in uncertainty.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
Stephen Stewart's letter provides his partisan beliefs about air traffic in Orange County ("Sounding Off: El Toro airport would have been a loser," Sept. 2). Stewart asserts that since John Wayne Airport (JWA) traffic is down 8% (due to the recession), this proves that there was no need for a larger airport at El Toro. This reasoning does not include all the facts. JWA is a small airport with a single 5700-foot runway that can accommodate only medium-sized airplanes. El Toro has two 10,000-foot runways and two 8,000-foot runways (they are still there)
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | 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.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 8, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — In the absence of controversial issues, Newport Beach City Council candidates tried to position themselves Wednesday night on their backgrounds and conservative credentials. A candidate forum hosted by the Speak Up Newport community group drew about 100 people to the Newport Beach Yacht Club. In one race, voters will have to decide between an architect touting his local power connections and a pharmaceutical lobbyist running as an outsider. In the other, it's an incumbent pointing to her fiscal and environmental track record versus a "common citizen" running on an anti-development platform.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
A puff piece published by the Daily Pilot about John Wayne Airport ("New feather in John Wayne's cap," Aug. 22) needed a more objective view. What it did not need was an "atta boy" attitude. John Wayne Airport (JWA) has a well-paid public relations staff to take care of that. If the article was an editorial, then label it as such. First, the Pilot should check its facts before running a story about how wonderful the new, expanded (sorry, remodeled) airport will be. Surely by now our new editors of the Daily Pilot are well informed about the settlement agreement that limits the airport to 10.8 million annual passengers from 2011 to 2015, not "more than 10.8 million.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — Don't ever underestimate the consumer demand for flights to San Francisco from Orange County. Since Virgin America pulled its four-times-a-day service from John Wayne Airport to San Francisco International Airport in May, the overall number of passengers has declined, particularly in July, which saw a 3.6% drop in passenger volume compared with July 2009, Jenny Wedge, a spokeswoman for the airport, said Wednesday....
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