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March 20, 2018


John Wayne Airport (JWA) has recently upgraded its parking system with Near Field Communication (NFC) capability as well as Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® EMV chip technology. This new system will provide an additional level of security to credit card transactions as well as enhance the parking experience by providing multiple payment options for JWA guests including the ability to use Apple Pay.

Guests may select either a ticket or ticketless option to enter JWA parking facilities.

Ticket option: Simply press the button on the parking entry kiosk to receive a ticket. Guests will use the same ticket for payment when exiting the parking facility.

Ticketless options: Guests preferring a paperless route may use their credit card with a chip or the contactless Apple Pay feature for entry. The same credit card used upon entry must be used to exit the parking facility. Using the credit card or Apple Pay options eliminates the need for a ticket.

Entry Kiosk

When guests are ready to exit the parking facility, there are three ticketless payment methods available:

  • Inserting the same ticket received upon entry.
  • Inserting the same credit card used upon entry.
  • Using the contactless Apple Pay feature used upon entry.

John Wayne Airport recommends that guests use the visual guides next to the machines and follow the prompts on the kiosk screen for assistance. Each parking facility has a staffed booth at each exit plaza should guests need additional assistance.

Exit Kiosk

The new parking system upgrade provides additional security enhancements for Airport guests using a credit card with a chip or Apple Pay. These options were not previously available. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted in all Airport parking locations.

Travelers should plan ahead and check real-time parking availability by visiting or by calling (949) 252-5200.

To learn more about the new John Wayne Airport parking payment system, visit


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.