Press Kit

Filming and Photography

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has been the site of many major film productions, such as “Demolition Man” starring Sylvester Stallone, “Clear and Present Danger” with Harrison Ford, “Up Close and Personal” with Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, “Jerry Maguire” starring Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger, “The Insider” starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe and “Elizabethtown” starring Orlando Bloom and Susan Sarandon.

Several commercials filmed at JWA have promoted travel and airport related businesses such as HMSHost Restaurants, McDonald's, American Airlines, Dollar-Rent-A-Car and Visit Anaheim.

Motion picture, television and still photography projects have been filmed at JWA for Sprint, Lexus, Back Bay Limousine, California Pizza Kitchen, City National Bank, E-Baggs, Andiamo Luggage, Nordstrom and others.

Filming at JWA is governed by the County of Orange; no taxpayer dollars support filming at County-managed sites, including John Wayne Airport. All commercial, non-profit and student filming, videography and photography activities on Airport property require prior review and approval of the Airport Director, a County of Orange permit and a permit fee. In addition, direct costs for staff time to coordinate and supervise Airport filming are billed to the permit holder.

As a result of the events of September 11, 2001, filming has been limited and all requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Applications and guidelines are available on our website.
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A minimum of five working days is required to process any approved request.

For more information, contact Cheryl Waters at 949.252.5048 or via e-mail at

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: 08/17/18