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August 28, 2013


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period from Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. More than 140,000 passengers traveled through JWA during the same period in 2012 with the busiest travel days being the Thursday before and Tuesday following Labor Day.

Visitors to JWA during this holiday period can check the Airport homepage,, for the most up-to-date construction activities around the Riley Terminal. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution when navigating Airport roadways and follow posted speed limits.

Travel Tips from John Wayne Airport

  • Arrive 90 minutes to two-hours before the flight departure time to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre✔™ can expedite the screening process in Terminal A from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily or in Terminal B from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday – Saturday, or 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers even easier. 
  • JWA Yellow Cab service is available at the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrival Level between Terminals A and B.  Passengers arriving in Terminal C can call JWA Yellow Cab from the Taxi Phone in Terminal C (near Baggage Carousel 5) for pickup at Column 14 on the Arrival (lower) Level.
Column 14

Color-coded and numbered columns make meeting arriving passengers easy.
Column 14 is also identified as the JWA Yellow Cab pickup location for Terminal C.

Parking at JWA

  • All access to parking is from the Departure (upper) Level roadway.
  • Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30 per day or $10 per hour.
  • Terminal Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free.
  • Off-Site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Terminal every 15 minutes.

Know Before You Go from TSA and CBP

  • Visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to become familiar with what items are prohibited, including the 3-1-1 Rule for liquids in carry-ons.
  • International travelers should check the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website to ensure they have appropriate documentation for traveling to and from the United States. Travelers with Global Entry can now utilize one of two kiosks at John Wayne Airport for fast re-entry to the U.S. Note: Travelers to and from Canada will clear Customs in Canada before returning to the United States.


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 /johnwayneair.