Guided tours of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal are
offered, free of charge, as part of the John Wayne Airport Public
Affairs Program. Volunteer tour guides, including private pilots,
teachers, executives and Airport employees, donate their time to
familiarize the public with the Terminal.
Tour Features - Tours
begin at the John Wayne statue on the Arrival (lower) Level (bring
your camera!). Groups view and receive explanations of how planes
fly, the Wright Brothers flight, terminal architecture, historical
photo displays, rental car areas, baggage carousels, airline ticket
counter areas, security checkpoints, flight display monitors, paging,
and skycap activity. The last stop on the tour is an area where the participants can view the airfield and planes taking off and landing. Due to heightened security, tour groups are
currently NOT permitted entry to the secured side of the Terminal.
(The FAA does not permit tours of the Control Tower. The Fire
Station does not allow tours.)
Scheduling a Tour -
Tours are scheduled in advance (usually two or more weeks). To
arrange a tour, please call the John Wayne Airport tour coordinator. Tours are offered at non-peak traffic hours, usually
10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (call regarding
other start times). Saturday tours can also be arranged. The
tour lasts between 1 to 1-1/2 hours. There is no charge
for the tour. A "Fun Guide," with educational pages and games, is available free of charge to youngsters.
Group Size - Tour groups should be at least seven and no more than 25 participants, including chaperones. Larger groups (a maximum
of 50 people on a given day) can be accommodated, but
will be divided into two groups who will tour simultaneously. Children
must be at least five years old and/or in first grade and must be
accompanied by an appropriate number of adult chaperones. High
School and college tours may be arranged with aviation career speakers
Parking - For private cars, convenient short-term
parking is available in all the lots at a cost of $2 per hour.
This is the only cost involved for the tour. Due to heightened
security, all vehicles may be searched when entering the parking