John Wayne Airport Posts December 2021 Statistics

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2021 as compared to December 2020. In December 2021, the Airport served 847,671 passengers, an increase of 266.9% when compared with the December 2020 passenger traffic count of 231,033 and a decrease of 4.9% when compared to December 2019 of 891,492 passengers.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 86.9% and commuter aircraft operations increased 9.5% when compared with December 2020 levels. Comparing December 2021 to 2019 levels, commercial aircraft operations of 7,170 decreased 5.0% and commuter aircraft operations of 508 increased 23.6%.

Total aircraft operations increased in December 2021 as compared with the same month in 2020. In December 2021, there were 22,410 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 24.1% increase compared to 18,061 total aircraft operations in December 2020, and increased 8.2% compared to December 2019 of 20,718 total aircraft operations.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 65.6% of the total aircraft operations during December 2021, increased 7.0% when compared with December 2020, and increased 15.6% when compared to general aviation activity of 12,731 in December 2019, which accounted for 61.4% of total aircraft operations.

The top three airlines in December 2021 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (315,770), American Airlines (142,915) and United Airlines (120,831).

John Wayne Airport
Monthly Airport Statistics - December 2021

  December 2021 December 2020 % Change Year-To-Date 2021 Year-To-Date 2020 % Change
Total passengers 847,671 231,033 266.9% 7,700,489 3,794,850 102.9%
Enplaned passengers 420,797 115,738 263.6% 3,828,546 1,893,027 102.2%
Deplaned passengers 426,874 115,295 270.2% 3,871,943 1,901,823 103.6%
Total Aircraft Operations 22,410 18,061 24.1% 311,684 238,340 30.8%
General Aviation 14,712 13,745 7.0% 231,668 186,189 24.4%
Commercial 7,170 3,837 86.9% 74,253 46,370 60.1%
Commuter 1 508 464 9.5% 5,369 5,250 2.3%
Military 20 15 33.3% 394 531 -25.8%
Air Cargo Tons 2 1,550 1,435 8.0% 18,243 18,203 0.2%
International Statistics 3 (included in totals above)
  December 2021 December 2020 % Change Year-To-Date 2021 Year-To-Date 2020 % Change
Total Passengers 17,919 0 0.0% 112,046 17,246 549.7%
Enplaned passengers 9,065 0 0.0% 54,525 8,703 526.5%
Deplaned passengers 8,854 0 0.0% 57,521 8,543 573.3%
Total Aircraft Operations 212 0 0.0% 1,400 172 714.0%
  1. Aircraft used for regularly scheduled air service, configured with not more than seventy (70) seats, and operating at weights not more than ninety thousand (90,000) pounds.

  2. All-Cargo Carriers:
    1,373 tons
    Passenger Carriers (incidental belly cargo):
    177 tons
    Current cargo tonnage figures in this report are for:
    November 2021
  3. Includes all Canada and Mexico Commercial passengers and operations.