News Releases

November 20, 2009


Santa Ana, California - In anticipation of the nation's most heavily traveled holiday period, John Wayne Airport (JWA) offers tips to help travelers prepare for a safe and enjoyable holiday air travel experience. The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, November 25 and Sunday, November 29. Because JWA is under construction, passengers should plan to arrive at the Airport 1-1/2 to 2 hours ahead of their scheduled flight departure.

Plan Ahead
Travelers are encouraged to give themselves plenty of time to find parking, check in with their airline and go through the security screening process. There are three parking structures adjacent to or across from the Riley Terminal - A1, A2 and B2 at a rate of $20/day. Parking Lot C is located south of the Riley Terminal on Airport Way at a rate of $17/day and offers a free shuttle to take passengers to and from the Terminal. Long-term parking is also available at 1512 Main St. for $14/day with a free shuttle to take passengers to and from the Terminal. Passengers who want even more convenience can drop off their vehicle at Valet Parking for $30/day located curbside in front of the Riley Terminal. All parking at the Terminal can be accessed on the arrivals (upper) level roadway. Directions and more information can be found here:

Construction Update
The Airport Improvement Program is currently in full swing with major construction of a new Terminal C, Parking Structure C and the Central Utility Plant now underway. Passengers and visitors to JWA this holiday season will notice a significant amount of construction activity in and around the Riley Terminal. While the Airport is making every effort to minimize construction impacts, drivers using the Airport roadways should exercise caution due to ongoing construction activities and periodic lane closures. Speed limits have been reduced to 15 mph and are being strictly enforced. A map of the affected is attached:

map of construction activity

More information about the Improvement Program can be found at

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