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November 14, 2012


SANTA ANA, Calif. - Today John Wayne Airport (JWA) marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Terminal C and Parking Structure C to the traveling public. The two facilities were the cornerstones of a $543 million Airport Improvement Program, which brought six new bridged aircraft gates, two new commuter terminals, more security checkpoints, dozens of new dining and shopping options and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, allowing JWA to support international flights from Mexico.

"John Wayne Airport truly is the 'Gateway to Orange County' for millions of travelers each year," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy.  "We think we've achieved our goal of providing those travelers with beautiful and convenient new facilities that build on – and extend – JWA's long tradition of excellence."

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New federal inspection facilities built as part of the Terminal C construction made possible the first-ever nonstop service between Orange County and Mexico. AirTran inaugurated flights to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City in June 2012 and Interjet began service to Guadalajara and Mexico City in October 2012. Within the last eighteen months, JWA has also added service to Calgary, Houston Hobby, Mammoth Lakes and Vancouver. The Airport offers travelers more than 20 nonstop destinations from Orange County.

The new service to Mexico, along with growth in overall air service, has resulted in higher overall passenger levels in 2012 compared to 2011. Passenger levels have risen each month since April 2012 and the Airport expects to report an increase of nearly 7% for October 2012 when compared to last year.

With the opening of Terminal C, JWA passengers were presented with significantly more variety in dining and shopping choices. Not only are there all new choices in Terminal C, but major improvements were made to concessions in Terminals A and B that include both local and national brands such as the Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar and Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, CNBC News, Ruby's Diner, Starbucks and Sunglass Hut. Travelers who want a great meal, glass of wine or the latest retail items can visit one of more than 30 fresh and modern dining and shopping options throughout the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Since completion of Terminal C and Parking Structure C, JWA and its partners have received several national and local awards for its engineering, construction and communications efforts. Most recently, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) awarded first place to JWA for Overall Concessions Program in a medium-sized airport and the American Society of Civil Engineers-Los Angeles Section named JWA's Improvement Program the Outstanding Government Civil Engineering Project.  

JWA is pleased that passengers have responded so positively to the new Terminal C.  The Airport continues to make improvements to its facilities to ensure a world-class experience for Orange County travelers. To stay informed, visit our website at or follow JWA at or at


John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves approximately nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada. More information can be found at or at or on