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December 18, 2014


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period between December 19, 2014 and January 2, 2015. Last year, more than 350,000 passengers traveled through JWA during this period. To ensure a smooth visit to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport 90 minutes to two hours prior to departure time for domestic flights, and three hours in advance for international flights.

This year, to add some holiday cheer to the Riley Terminal, John Wayne Airport welcomes the Valley High School clarinet, brass and saxophone ensemble on Sunday, December 21 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and the Santa Ana High School Swingin’ Saints Jazz Choir on Tuesday, December 23 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Playing and singing a variety of holiday tunes, the musical groups will be performing on the Arrival (lower) Level near the John Wayne statue.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead during the busy holiday travel season.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead during the busy holiday travel season.

Tips for Passengers and Visitors:

  • All passengers flying out of JWA are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before the flight departure time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre-Check can expedite the screening process in Terminals A, B and C.
  • Passengers are allowed one small carry-on bag plus one personal item as long as the carry-on bag fits airline dimensions. Check with individual airlines for specifics.
  • Drivers picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to utilize two-hour parking spaces, located on the Arrivals (lower) Level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C.
  • 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.
  • As a reminder, gifts should not be wrapped as they are subject to search, even if placed in checked baggage.

Tips for Parking at JWA:

  • Curbside Valet Parking for $30 per day is located on the Departure (upper) Level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.
  • Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers. Access to terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.
  • Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine for $14 per day with free shuttle service to and from the Terminal every 15 minutes.
  • For parking availability call 949.252.5200.

Tips from TSA and CBP:

  • Review Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Travel Tips for a list of prohibited items and the 3-1-1 rule for liquids in carry-ons.
  • International travelers should check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website to ensure they have appropriate documentation for traveling to and from the United States. Note: Passengers who are members of the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program can expedite their Customs clearance into the U.S. at John Wayne Airport. Those passengers traveling to and from Canada will clear Customs in Canada before returning to the United States.



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 nine 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