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Budget and Finance

By Federal Regulations and County Ordinance, and as a requirement of the 1985 Settlement Agreement, John Wayne Airport (JWA) is operated on a financially self-supporting basis. No general fund tax revenues are used to support JWA’s financial obligations. The Airport’s facilities and services are funded by fees collected from: (i) airlines and other aviation users; (ii) concessionaires who provide services to passengers; (iii) off-airport businesses which derive income from the Airport; and (iv) passengers who use Airport parking and other facilities. JWA fees are set by the Airport in accordance with the Airport Revenue Policy approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and are in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration Rates and Charges policy. Other major revenue sources include Federal Grants and a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). JWA’s major expenditures include operating costs, capital projects and debt service.

The pie charts below identify major expense and revenue segments for fiscal year 2015-16, the most recent year for which audited financial information is available.

Expenses and Revenues

Aeronautical Operating Revenue includes all revenue derived from any Airport activity that involves, makes possible, is required for the safety of, or is otherwise directly related to the operation of aircraft. Aeronautical use includes services provided by air carriers related directly and substantially to the movement of passengers, baggage, mail and cargo at the airport.

Non-Aeronautical Operating Revenue includes all revenues associated with the running and operation of the airport that are not derived from the aeronautical use of the airport.

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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 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at Like us on, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.

Last updated: 03/29/17