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Economic Impact Studies At John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport Economic Impact Study
In 2014, John Wayne Airport (JWA) engaged InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) to conduct an economic impact study of Airport operations for the 2012 calendar year. The study measured the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts generated by JWA in Orange County and three neighboring counties (Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino). Economic and employment impacts that directly relate to JWA include employment from organizations such as airlines, ground handling, airport operations, airport concessionaires and air traffic control firms. Indirect impacts are identified as impacts of the Airport’s business on supplier industries (e.g., off-site catering of aircraft). Induced impacts on the regional economy are determined by those employees of the firms and organizations directly and indirectly related to JWA who spend their wages on other goods and services to support local economic activity.

In Table ES-1 the total economic impact of JWA operations is summarized below. The study found that JWA generated approximately $6 billion in economic output and more than 40,000 jobs in the 2012 calendar year.

Table ES-1: Total Annual Economic Impact of JWA Operations

 

Total Economic Impacts
Type of
Impact
Employment
(Jobs)
Employment
(Full-Time
Equivalents)
Earnings
($ Billions)
GDP
($ Billions)
Economic Output
(Spending Impacts)
($ Billions)
Direct 22,000 19,500 $0.8 $1.5 $2.8
Indirect 9,200 8,200 $0.4 $0.8 $1.5
Induced 11,800 10,500 $0.5 $1.0 $1.7
Total 43,000 38,200 $1.7 $3.3 $6.0


Economic Impact Study of Mexico Air Services

In addition to the overall Airport operations economic impact study, JWA conducted a specific study to determine the economic impacts of Mexico air service at JWA. In June 2012, JWA began its nonstop service to and from Mexico. At the time the study was conducted, passengers could fly to three Mexico destinations including Mexico City, Cabo San Lucas and Guadalajara.

In Table ES-2 the total economic impact of Mexico air services is summarized. This includes the direct impact of visitor spending along with the total impact of airport related operations. The study found that JWA generated approximately $131 million in economic output and 990 full-time job equivalents in 2012.

Table ES-2: Total Annual Economic Impacts of Mexico Air Services at John Wayne Airport

 

Total Economic Impacts
Type of
Impact
Employment
(Full-Time
Equivalents)
Earnings
($ Millions)
GDP
($ Millions)
Economic Output
(Spending Impacts)
($ Millions)
Direct 700 $26 $48 $84
Indirect 130 $6 $12 $22
Induced 160 $7 $13 $25
Total 990 $39 $73 $131

Notes: Figures shown above are rounded numbers.

For more information, contact Deanne Thompson at 949.252.5182 or dthompson@ocair.com.

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 ocair.com. Like us on Facebook.com/johnwayneairport, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.

Last updated: 07/13/17