John Wayne Airport (JWA) offers the following travel tips to help passengers prepare for a safe and enjoyable air travel experience.
OCAIR.COM contains maps, Airport alerts and other pertinent travel information. To help
you navigate your way around John Wayne Airport, we offer the following:
And once you are familiar with JWA, you also can visit destination/origin airports' websites
Nonstop Destinations page.
John Wayne Airport encourages travelers to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport
1-½-to-2 hours prior to departure time for domestic flights, and
3 hours for international flights. This will allow time to comfortably park and complete the check-in and security screening process, and will ensure you'll be at your gate in time
to catch your flight. In the early morning you may require extra time due to the heavy travel volume.
Give yourself a break, come early and enjoy our new shops and restaurants. Get a sneak preview here: Restaurants | Shops
OCAIR.COM offers live flight status and tracking information. You may
view a list of Arrivals and Departures and narrow down the results by entering your flight number, city and/or airline and get
additional information about your flight. Family and loved ones can observe the
flight route from the comfort of their home or while waiting at the Airport.
View arrivals and departures.
JWA has security checkpoints in each Terminal (A, B and C) for access to the gate
areas. Any gate can be accessed from any security checkpoint. Be sure
to have your ID and boarding pass ready when approaching the checkpoint.
The checkpoints are staffed by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
personnel who is responsible for the security
screening checkpoints and the checked baggage searches. In addition to the
informaton below, the TSA offers information and multiple tips on their website at:
TSA Cares Helpline: Travelers with medical conditions and
disabilities can call toll-free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling to ask
questions about screening policies, procedures and about what to expect at the
security checkpoints. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.
until 6 p.m. PST, excluding federal holidays. Travelers who are deaf or hard of
hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or can e-mail:
The TSA Pre✓™ program is now available to eligible passengers at John Wayne Airport (JWA).
Under TSA Pre✓™, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs and Canadian citizens
traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits.
TSA Pre✓™ lanes are located in Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport.
Visit the TSA Pre✓™ website for more information.
Please consider the following tips when preparing for your flight:
Thoroughly check your baggage before leaving for the airport to avoid mistakenly
carrying on prohibited items.
View prohibited items list.
All carry-on items (including cell phones, lap-tops and film) will be
x-rayed. Be prepared to place cell phones, keys, pagers, etc. in a
carry-on bag, take laptops out of their carrying case, and take coats, jackets
and shoes off for X-ray inspection. Separately, pack all permitted liquids
contained in one quart-size zip-top bag to be placed into a security bin.
“1+1” rule: You are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal
item – such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera
case – through security screening and onto the aircraft.
3-1-1 For Carry-Ons: The amount of liquids, gels or
aerosols you may carry through the security checkpoints is restricted by the TSA
to 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller size containers of liquid or gel in
1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag allowing 1 bag per traveler
placed in the security bin. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately
tennis ball size) will be permitted in carry-on luggage if the entire snow
globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic,
quart-sized, re-sealable bag, as the passenger’s other liquids. Larger sizes may
be packed in checked baggage.
Declare larger liquids: The items listed below are allowed in reasonable
quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces and are not required to be in a zip-top bag.
Passengers are requested to declare these items for inspection at the
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Baby formula, breast milk and juice.
View more information.
- Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with
a disability or medical condition.
Do not wrap gifts. Gifts are subject to search, even if placed
in checked baggage.
Fireworks are prohibited.
To save time at the Airport, visit your airline's website from the convenience of your home or mobile phone. With a boarding pass and no baggage to check in, you may go directly to
the security checkpoints. Online check-in may not be available or may be limited
for international travelers, and a visit to the Airline Ticket Counter is
recommended or required.
View a list of airlines and their terminal location.
Use Curbside Check-in for
Expedited Service at the Airport
Skycaps are available for selected airlines to assist with your checked
baggage and boarding pass. This option bypasses the ticket counter and you can
proceed directly to the security checkpoints.
Curbside check-in service is offered by the following airlines:
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines/Delta Connection
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
Check-in and Print your Boarding Pass at
a Self-service Kiosk in the Terminal
Avoid long lines and speed up your travel! For your convenience, self-service
kiosks for most airlines are available throughout the ticket counter lobby in
close proximity to all ticket counters. Self-service kiosks are not available
for AirTran Airways.
Airline Ticket Counters:
For more personalized customer service or international travel, the airline
ticket counters may be your best or required option. Ticket counters are located on the
Departure (upper) Level in Terminals A, B and C.
View a list of airlines and their terminal location
You will need your identification (ID) for the security screening process. Security personnel will check your ID and boarding pass at the entrance to the checkpoints. Having your ID and boarding pass available will cut down on wait time in line. Children under the age of 18 do not require an ID. If traveling internationally, please read the
Tips for International Travelers below.
Consider these extra tips for dropping off or picking up passengers:
Park your car for an economical $2/hour in one of our Terminal parking structures. Two-hour parking spots are available on Level 1 of Parking Structures A1 (best option for Terminal A), B2 (best option for Terminal B and good option for Terminal C) and C (best option for Terminal C). All parking structures are accessible from the Departure (upper) Level only.
(More details on parking...) Only ticketed passengers will be allowed beyond the security screening checkpoints. You can say your 'farewell' in the ticket counter area on the Departure (upper) Level, or greet your party in the baggage claim area on the Arrival (lower) Level. A popular meeting point for incoming passengers is the John Wayne Statue, adjacent to the car rental counters. Read here about the Duke:
John Wayne Statue.
John Wayne Airport's parking options include curbside Valet Parking, Terminal
Parking (Parking Structures A1, A2, B2, and C), and off-site Main Street
View parking rates and more detailed information.
Ground transportation options at John Wayne Airport include door-to-door
shuttles, hotel shuttles, limousines, rental cars, scheduled buses and taxis.
These options conveniently connect the Airport to surrounding hotels, tourist
attractions, businesses and residences.
View detailed information about Ground Transportation options.
Arrive early to enjoy the new restaurants, bars and gift shops before you board
your flight. Find their location and detailed descriptions at
Restaurants | Shops.
JWA has 20 commercial (Gates 2-22) and 6 commuter gates (Gates 1A, B, C and 22A, B, C), which are numbered from the north to the south. All gates can easily be accessed from any Terminal.
View a map of the Terminal.
JWA welcomes international travelers. Three airlines offer nonstop flights to and from Canada and Mexico. Please find below some important links to help you prepare for your international trip:
Welcome to the United States
Visa and Passport Requirements
The U.S. Department of State offers information on international travel requirements, travel tips and country-specific information at TRAVEL.STATE.GOV.
Traveling to and from Canada
Passengers traveling south from Canada to the United States will be able to take advantage of the customs preclearance system in Canada. For faster service, NEXUS members flying to the United States are also now able to use NEXUS cards in designated security lines for pre-board screening at Vancouver International Airport.
More information about NEXUS...
Consulate Services: Consulate General of Canada Los Angeles
Traveling to and from Mexico
traveling to and from Mexico are invited to download this brochure:
Consulate Services: Consulado General de México en Los Angeles
Travelers Health Information
Tips on recommended immunizations and destination-specific health information for international travelers: CDC.GOV - Travelers Health
Programs to Expedite International Traveling
GLOBAL ENTRY (U.S. Customs and Border Protection):
Global Entry allows expedited U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clearance for
pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry
members flying into Orange County can now take advantage of this program at John
Wayne Airport. Global Entry participants may also be eligible to receive
expedited screening benefits via the TSA Pre✓™ program.
View the video below or visit the CBP Global Entry website for more information:
Passengers traveling south from Canada to the United States will be able to take advantage of the customs preclearance system in Canada. For faster service, NEXUS members flying to the United States are also now able to use NEXUS cards in designated security lines for pre-board screening at Vancouver International Airport. More information about NEXUS...
Consulate General of Canada Los Angeles
Consulado General de México en Los Angeles
John Wayne Airport does not offer currency exchange services.
The following services are located near the Airport:
American Express link
650 Anton Boulevard, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
City National Bank link
Orange County Airport Branch
18111 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612
Travelex World Wide Money link
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street, Suite 1874, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Travelex World Wide Money link
1565 S. Disneyland Dr., Suite 104, Anaheim, CA 92802