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December 18, 2008


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) helps bring families and friends together during the holidays. During the month of December, passenger volumes at JWA tend to be higher than normal with the busiest days being the Friday before (December 19) through the Sunday following (December 28) Christmas. However, passengers should be aware of an expanded travel window through Sunday, January 4, 2009.

To ensure a smooth visit to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead, and arrive to the Airport early. JWA offers the following holiday traveling tips:

Plan Smart: The Airport has begun construction on its Improvement Program. Use caution when traveling the Airport roadways and plan to arrive two (2) hours prior to your flight departure time to find parking, go through security screening and get to your gate on time. In addition, it's always a good idea to check with your airline prior to arriving at the Airport to confirm your flight status.

Pack Smart: Know what items are accepted or prohibited through security and on the aircraft, this includes food and beverage items. When in doubt, leave it out. Check for more information. As a reminder, gifts should not be wrapped as they are subject to search, even if placed in checked baggage. Many airlines have also implemented new requirements for checked bags. Check with your airline if you are unsure of their requirements.

Park Smart: JWA offers a variety of parking options. Three terminal parking structures are available in A1, A2, and B2 at the rate of $2 per hour or $20 per day, parking Lot C at the rate of $2 per hour or $17 per day, an off-site "Main Street" parking lot for $14 per day and convenient valet parking for $30 per day are available. If you're planning to park at the Airport, check the Airport's Web site for parking options and construction updates by visiting

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, and serves nearly ten million passengers in 2007.

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