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September 30, 2014

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AMENDMENT

SANTA ANA, Calif. - By a vote of 5-0, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted this morning to approve the proposed John Wayne Airport (JWA) Settlement Agreement Amendment and to certify Environmental Impact Report 617.

The 1985 Settlement Agreement formalized consensus between the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) on the nature and extent of facility and operational improvements that could be implemented at JWA through 2005. In 2003, the original four signatories approved a series of amendments to the Settlement Agreement that allowed for additional facilities and operational capacity and continued to provide environmental protections for the local community through 2015.

Since early 2012, the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, AWG and SPON have been working to craft a second extension of the 1985 Settlement Agreement. Through what Second District Supervisor John M. W. Moorlach termed a "collaborative and deliberative process which began almost from the time I first took office at the end of 2006," the four parties reached consensus on a proposed project in a "balanced, fair and appropriate way." He continued, "I am extremely proud of the results which achieve a balance between the air transportation needs of Orange County and the local residents living in the vicinity of the airport." Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer commented, "The most important thing this agreement extension does is strike a balance between protecting residents and growing the economic benefits of the airport. Through all of my outreach on this issue, the biggest concern of the residents has been to minimize noise and protect the curfew. I'm glad we've done that."

The amendment approved by the Board of Supervisors maintains JWA's curfew through 2035 and provides for an increase in passenger service levels from the currently authorized 10.8 million annual passengers (MAP) to 11.8 MAP in 2021 and to 12.2 or 12.5 MAP (depending on actual passenger levels) from 2026 through 2030.

For more details about the Settlement Agreement and the amendment process, visit www.ocair.com/settlementagreement.

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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 more than nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  More information can be found at www.ocair.com or on twitter.com /johnwayneair.