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Financing of Airport Improvements

Capital financing for John Wayne Airport’s improvements is generally derived from tax-exempt General Airport Revenue Bonds, FAA grants and other internally generated funds.

JWA Airport Bond Issuance Chronology
Bond Series Purpose Amount
Series 1987 Construction of Terminals A & B, Parking Structure, Runway, Roadway Improvement $242.4M
Series 1993 Partially refunded $68.44M principal amount of Series 1987 Airport Revenue Bonds $79.8M
Series 1997 Refunded $131.49M principal amount of Series 1987 Airport Revenue Bonds $135.1M
Series 2003 Refunded $65.25M outstanding Series 1993 Airport Revenue Refunding Bonds $48.7M
Series 2009 A&B Construction of Terminal C adding 6 gates, Parking Structure C, Central Utility Plant, South RON, Elevated Roadway and CUPPS $233.1M

On July 9, 2009, the Airport issued $233,115,000 in General Airport Revenue Bonds to finance construction of the new Terminal C, Parking Structure C and other capital improvements. Two types of bonds were issued: Series A for governmental purposes and Series B for private activity. The bonds are limited obligations of the County of Orange for which no general funds were pledged. The debt is payable by Airport Net Revenues and Passenger Facility Charge revenues. The bonds have a last maturity date of July 1, 2039. As of June 30, 2017, the outstanding principal amount of the 2009A and 2009B Bonds were $57,500,000 and $124,160,000, respectively. On July 1, 2017, the Airport partially redeemed the 2009B Bonds scheduled to mature in 2034 in the amount of $27,210,000. The early partial redemption will result in the total future interest cost savings of $13,556,150.

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Last updated: 08/17/18