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May 14, 2008

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT RECEIVES SAFETY HONOR FROM FAA

SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) has been awarded the Airport Safety Award by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Western Pacific Region. Each year, one Airport in the Region is recognized for their ongoing commitment to operational safety.

"John Wayne Airport has maintained a consistent record of operational safety despite the limited size and high number of operations occurring on the airfield on a daily basis," said George Aiken, Manager of Safety and Standards for the FAA's Western-Pacific Airports Division.

The FAA found that JWA’s ability to safely host a diverse operational mix of aircraft routinely in close proximity both in the air and on the ground, was exemplary of the safe and efficient manner in which the Airport operates.

The Airport’s efforts in working with the FAA's Office of Runway Safety to mitigate runway incidents (also known as incursions) at a high-profile, mid-field taxiway/runway intersection was also cited. This intersection is located in the busiest portion of the commercial air carrier runway and is a major crossing point for light aircraft exiting the closely-spaced parallel general aviation runway. The Airport has reconfigured the taxiway and increased the visibility of signs and markings to help increase pilot awareness.

"I am very proud of the men and women who work so hard to ensure that JWA provides a safe and secure environment for the millions who travel through our facility," said Airport Director Alan Murphy.

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, and serves more than nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.