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Thomas F. Riley Terminal

The Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Riley Terminal) opened to the public on September 16, 1990. The Terminal is named after the former Fifth District Supervisor whose role in community negotiations advanced the Airport Improvement Project that resulted in construction of the Terminal complex. Terminals A and B included 14 commercial passenger gates, four baggage carousels, two airline club lounges and a variety of food and gift concessions. Consistent with the 1985 Settlement Agreement, the Riley Terminal was designed to accommodate 8.4 Million Annual Passengers (MAP).

A 2003 amendment to the Settlement Agreement allowed the County to proceed with design and construction of facilities to accommodate 10.8 MAP. The 282,000 square-foot Terminal C and related facilities are the result of that amendment.

The Thomas F. Riley Terminal consists of three buildings totaling 730,505 square feet. Each terminal is equipped with a set of ticket counters, security screening checkpoints and baggage claim areas. The Riley Terminal provides 20 commercial passenger gates. Two smaller terminals, at the north end (Gates 1A, 1B and 1C) and at the south end (Gates 22A, 22B and 22C), are available for commuter passenger service.

Ticket counters for American, Delta, and WestJet Airlines are located in Terminal A. Ticket counters for Alaska and United are located in Terminal B, and counters for Frontier and Southwest Airlines are located in Terminal C.

A new international arrivals area, located on the Arrival (lower) Level of Terminal C, opened in June 2012 when the first regularly scheduled commercial passenger service to Mexico was initiated.

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For more information, contact Deanne Thompson at 949.252.5182 or

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