The groundwork is done.

The foundation has been laid.

And our future is looking bright.

Firm commitment to The Community

John Wayne Airport (JWA) not only connects business and leisure travelers with a convenient gateway to over 20 nonstop destinations in the U.S, Canada and Mexico, the Airport also connects thousands of people with jobs. From on-airport services to off-airport business and tourism, JWA is an economic engine creating 43,000 jobs and contributing $6 billion annually to the regional economy.

$6 billion
Is annually contributed to the regional economy
  • The Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to BridgeNet International to replace JWA’s noise monitoring system with state-of-the-art technology.
  • JWA launched the #JWAconnects campaign to demonstrate how the Airport connects with the community, commerce and conservation efforts.
  • JWA commemorated Orange County’s rich 125-year history with a curated exhibition of sites and experiences called OC 125: Exploring Orange County’s Story.
  • Construction was completed on the Bristol Street Slope Stabilization Project, which improved the aesthetics and stability of the 1,500-foot-long slope at the south end of the airfield.

Building On Strategic Markets

John Wayne Airport (JWA) continues to be the airport of choice for many Orange County residents—largely due to its reputation for high quality air service and convenient nonstop flights to the destinations people want most. Today, JWA remains dedicated to that goal—and also to preserving an excellent relationship with the local community. Our 2014 achievements demonstrate that commitment, and prove we’re truly here for you.

JWA continues to work with our Air Service Development Task Force to identify and support the introduction of new markets.

9.4 Million

Number of annual passengers at John Wayne Airport in 2014, representing a 1.7% increase over 2013.

  • Southwest began its first nonstop flights to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico City and Dallas Love Field, and announced its intention to begin daily nonstop service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Austin, Texas, in 2015, expanding travelers’ choices.
  • The Board of Supervisors extended the Airport’s Mexico Incentive Program to support and promote nonstop service to destinations south of the border.
Video courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism Board
strategic Markets Video Poster

Solid Record of Safety & Security

When it comes to operations at John Wayne Airport, it’s always “safety first.” In fact, our top priority is maintaining a safe and secure environment for everyone we serve, whether it’s the traveling public, aviation partners, tenants, employees or volunteers. That’s why we continue to work closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Airport Police Services (APS) and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) to meet all federally mandated security regulations and ensure the highest levels of safety and security possible.

  • In January, we successfully passed the FAA’s comprehensive Part 139 Annual Inspection, demonstrating the Airport’s commitment to the safety of the flying public and employees.
  • In May, we conducted an Emergency Operations Center activation exercise as a simulated response to an aircraft accident using the AirEx 2014 scenario.
  • Due to a gradual shift of the Earth’s magnetic poles, both runways at JWA received new number designations in September.
  • We collaborated with the Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to update our communicable disease response plans.

Constant Focus On Comfort & Convenience

At John Wayne Airport, we believe air travel shouldn’t be difficult—the more we can do to make travelers’ journeys pleasant, the better. That’s why we continually focus on new ways to boost overall comfort and convenience by providing amenities like better mobile tools to keep people up-to-date, a wide variety of Orange County’s favorite concessions, convenient parking and helpful signage that gets travelers on their way quickly. It’s all part of our commitment to you.

I like JWA because it feels like home. I feel welcome, safe, and I don't feel the stress of traveling.
- JWA Passenger
Studies show that
more than 95% of travelers
are satisfied with
John Wayne Airport
Improvements View Gallery

In November, the Bob Hope USO Center opened at JWA—the first USO Center to open in Orange County since World War II. Thousands of military members and their families will now be able to receive complimentary services and the hallmark USO airport welcome.

JWA launched an updated version of its mobile website with a fresh look and user-friendly interface. The interactive site features arrival and departure information, travel tips, parking and ground transportation facts, a visual flight tracker and details about Riley Terminal dining/shopping options—all to make life-on-the-go easier for travelers.

JWA helped TSA facilitate the launch of its new Pre-Check application site in Terminal C. This site enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to directly enroll in TSA Pre-Check for expedited security screening.

JWA installed a colorful wall wrap between Terminals B and C to provide lower roadway directional signage that helps passengers locate the many ground transportation services available at JWA.

JWA built a new Visitor Information Booth in the Terminal B Arrivals area with improved workspace functionality and new video capabilities for displaying tourist and traveler information.

Grounded In Financial Strength

In addition to providing convenient air service to Orange County, John Wayne Airport continues to operate as a financially efficient and self-supporting aviation facility that receives no general tax fund revenue. And 2014 was another good year for maintaining our conservative fiscal policies. With one of the lowest Cost Per Enplanement (CPE) figures in the state (a measure of the airport’s operational efficiency), in addition to our low level of debt, strong reserves and keen eye on expenses, John Wayne Airport has a positive outlook for 2015 and beyond.

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John Wayne Airport’s Revenue Bonds are some of the highest rated among all airports in the country. Our fiscal prudence and commitment to financial health is reflected in the consistently excellent credit ratings bestowed by the three major credit rating agencies. John Wayne Airport’s Revenue Bonds are currently rated as follows: Fitch AA-; Standard & Poor’s AA-; and Moody’s Aa3.

  • Out of the largest commercial airports in California, JWA’s cost per departing passenger is among the lowest, making it cost-effective for air carriers and, ultimately, for passengers.
  • JWA released an Economic Impact Study measuring the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts generated by JWA in Orange County and three neighboring counties (Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino).

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