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January 2, 2013
November saw an increase in airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport over the same period in 2011, a news release said this week. In November 2011, 705,465 passengers passed through the airport. In that same period in 2012, 750,800 passengers got on and off planes at JWA. In 2012 through November, the airport saw 8,122,318 passengers versus 7,911,496 in the same period in 2011 — a 2.7% increase. The total number of take-offs and landings at the airport also increased in November 2012 over 2011 by 9.4%, from 18,077 to 19,782.
NEWS
June 13, 2011
There was some horsing around at John Wayne Airport on Monday as Canadian airline WestJet inaugurated its nonstop service from JWA to Calgary, Alberta. Cowboy David Cowley and his 6-year-old quarter horse Spencer dropped by Terminal A to herald the start of the nonstop flights to the city in the Alberta province. Harry the Horse, the official mascot of the Stampede, Calgary's annual rodeo, also popped by JWA. In May, WestJet started serving JWA with nonstop flights to and from Vancouver.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
Holiday travelers have more dining and snack options at John Wayne Airport as new restaurants, bars and concessions stands open each week. The airport recently unveiled Javi's, sister to Javier's restaurant in Crystal Cove and Irvine; two locations of Zov's, outposts of Zov Karamardian's Tustin bistro; Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs; Pei Wei Asian Diner; Pinkberry; California Pizza Kitchen; Ciao Gourmet Market; La Tapenade Mediterranean Café; and...
NEWS
January 26, 2011
Canadian low-cost airline WestJet announced Tuesday that it will begin nonstop service from Vancouver and Calgary to John Wayne Airport in May and June, according to a news release from WestJet. These are the first nonstop international destinations to be added since Air Canada ended its JWA service to and from Toronto in October. The Orange County Board of Supervisors, which oversees the airport, approved the WestJet flights in December. —Mike Reicher
NEWS
October 18, 2010
John Wayne Airport last month saw a 3.5% dip in airline passenger volume compared with September 2009, JWA officials said in a news release. JWA served 683,999 passengers in September 2010, compared with 709,101 passengers in September 2009, airport officials said. According to the release, commercial aircraft operations at the Orange County-owned and operated airport decreased by 4.1%, while commuter aircraft operations decreased sharply — by 62.8% — compared with those levels recorded in September 2009.
NEWS
April 11, 2011
A John Wayne Airport official will come to Newport Beach Tuesday morning to observe planes on their take-off flight paths from the Orange County aviation hub, JWA spokeswoman Jenny Wedge confirmed. Due to increased complaints from Corona del Mar residents about airplane noise, airport officials have agreed to observe planes from a bluff near CdM, according to Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, who chairs the Citizens' Aviation Committee. She and other officials will be at Back Bay View Park, at Coast Highway and Jamboree Road, at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
August 15, 2011
A terminal at John Wayne Airport in Orange County was evacuated late Friday and dozens of passengers were rescreened after security discovered that eight people had walked through an inoperable metal detector, officials said. Officials noticed that the metal detector wasn't working about 8 p.m., and, as a security precaution, had about 100 passengers in the area return to the screening area, TSA spokeswoman Jonella Culmer and a spokeswoman for the airport said. "There were no negative findings," she said.
NEWS
September 9, 2011
John Wayne Airport opened a new small terminal Thursday designed for commuter aircraft — the smaller commercial planes flown by carriers such as Delta Connection and United Express. At the north end of the airport, near the San Diego (405) Freeway, the North Commuter Terminal can be accessed through the main Terminal A. This project is part of a broader $540-million airport expansion. By mid-November, airport officials hope to finish Terminal C, the largest component of the expansion.
NEWS
August 22, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on more than $10 million in John Wayne Airport contracts. Some are for regular services and others are for construction. The largest contract is a $4.8-million agreement with Torrance-based SEMA Construction to seismically retrofit the airport's elevated roadways and bridges. The next largest is a $4.1-million annual contract with San Jose-based Flagship Airport Services for airport janitorial services. — Mike Reicher
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Seismic retrofitting at John Wayne Airport may disrupt drivers picking up arriving passengers, as the airport narrows roadways and lanes until late September. The construction project, which began Tuesday, will narrow the lower arrival roadway and the passenger pickup lanes, according to a news release. Crews will be working on pillars supporting the upper departure roadway. Drivers picking up passengers are advised to park in two-hour spaces on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C, instead of picking up curbside.
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April 29, 2014
Starting this week, airline passengers who want to breeze through security lines faster at airports nationwide can apply for the privilege at John Wayne Airport's new PreCheck enrollment center. The federal Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program lets qualified U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents use special security lanes that allow for lighter screening at more than 100 airports. Expedited security lets passengers through without taking off their shoes, light jacket or sweater, or belt.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 21, 2014
Prosecutors this week changed the charges against a Newport Beach woman who had been accused of ramming an Orange County sheriff's deputy with her car at John Wayne Airport in July. Rebecca Lee McLaughlin, 49, now faces an attempted murder charge instead of attempted murder on a peace officer. She's also charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court on Friday. In July, prosecutors said McLaughlin was driving her SUV and broke a parking barricade in an airport parking structure before trying to exit the lot. A sheriff's deputy heard the commotion and tried to stop McLaughlin, who then turned her wheels toward the deputy and tried to run him down, prosecutors said.
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By Jill Cowan | December 26, 2013
Traffic through John Wayne Airport declined in November 2013 in nearly all categories compared with November 2012, according to a monthly report. The airport's total number of passengers decreased by 1.6%, from 750,800 in November 2012 to 739,031 last month, while total commercial operations declined by 4.5%, from 6,654 to 6,357, the report said. Those figures include international traffic through JWA, which also fell last month, compared with the same period last year. In November 2012, which was one of the first months to see JWA's full range of flights to Mexico up and running, 30,125 total international passengers passed through the airport.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 26, 2013
A 23-year-old former Marine pleaded guilty Friday to bringing a nonlethal grenade and other explosives equipment onto a plane at John Wayne Airport. Gregory Salyer of Kentucky caused a brief evacuation from one of the airport's terminals in August when screeners found in one of his checked bags a sting-ball grenade that shoots rubber projectiles, two military artillery fuses and a fuse assembly. Investigators also found that Salyer had carried onto his flight a butterfly knife, 300 steroid pills and more than 10 Adderall pills.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Orange County Waste and Recycling were honored Wednesday at the Orange County Business Council's Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet awards, a news release said. Murphy was recognized for his management of an "on-schedule and on-budget" multiyear effort to improve the airport with the construction of a new terminal, passenger gates and security checkpoints as well as the upgrading of parking structures, the release said. He received the Award for Public Sector Leadership.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 12, 2013
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved contracts this week for companies to conduct environmental impact reports related to a proposed extension of the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement. No objections were made on the issue during the supervisors' Tuesday meeting, clearing the way for the companies to move forward with their analyses, said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge. The Orange County Airport Commission had approved the contracts in a vote the week prior . The reports are needed to amend the agreement, which outlines passenger caps and aircraft takeoffs at JWA. The agreement, made between the county, the city of Newport Beach, and two community groups, will expire in 2015 if not renewed through this amendment process.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 6, 2013
In anticipation of finalizing an extension to the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement next year, the Orange County Airport Commission has approved the selection of five companies to conduct environmental impact reports. The commission voted 4 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the contracts. Commissioner Chris Welsh was absent. Environ International Corp., Fehr & Peers, AECOM, Landrum & Brown and BonTerra Consulting will each analyze a different aspect of how the proposed settlement agreement, which sets JWA's passenger caps and strict curfews, could affect the environment.
NEWS
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 27, 2013
A passenger whose luggage contained an illegal explosive and artillery fuses caused evacuations at parts of John Wayne Airport on Tuesday afternoon, according to law enforcement and airport officials. The unidentified person was trying to catch a 3:18 p.m. flight to Denver when Transportation Security Administration screeners found the suspicious items in his bag, JWA spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said in an email. An Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad responded to Terminal C about 2:30 p.m. and evacuated Gate 21 and a nearby baggage screening area, Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
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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