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December 19, 2018


SANTA ANA, Calif. – In the wake of record-breaking travel days during peak holiday periods earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects record numbers of air travelers during the December holiday season. TSA estimates that between December 19 and January 5, more than 41 million passengers will travel through airports nationwide, a 6% increase over 2017. Last year, more than 500,000 passengers traveled through John Wayne Airport (JWA) during this period.

John Wayne Airport travelers can visit for real-time flight status, parking availability, and other useful travel information.

Demand for parking is expected to be high. The Airport recommends passengers consider using all available parking options: Terminal-adjacent Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C, as well as curbside Valet Parking and the Main Street Parking Lot with free shuttle to the Riley Terminal. Travelers should plan ahead and check real-time parking availability by calling 949-252-5200 or visiting Parking Availability on the Airport’s website.

Ride Apps Uber, Lyft and Wingz:

Arriving guests utilizing ride apps Uber, Lyft, and Wingz, should be aware of new pick-up locations on the Departure (upper) Level in parking structures A2, B2 directly across from the Riley Terminal, and in parking structure C on Level 3, next to the Southwest ticketing area. Ride app drop-off locations will continue to be on the Departure (upper) Level at curbside.

Travel Tips:

  • All passengers flying out of JWA are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage and go through security screening checkpoints. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre✓® 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. To learn more about Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags and other travel trips, visit the TSA website. Traveling with food tip: If you can spill it, spread it, pump it or pour it, the TSA considers this item a liquid and should be packed in your checked bag. To view more TSA holiday travel tips, click here.
  • “If You See Something, Say Something™.” To report suspicious objects or activity in the Riley Terminal: dial “0” from a White Courtesy Phone to reach an operator, dial 2-5000 to reach Airport Police Services or you may notify an Airport employee or a uniformed officer. Guests may also dial 949-252-5200 from a mobile device.

Parking at John Wayne Airport

  • Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30 per day and 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 directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2 per hour and $20 per day, with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers. The Main Street Parking Lot located at 15132 Main St. in Irvine is available for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Riley Terminal every 15 minutes.
  • Travelers should plan ahead and visit the Parking Availability section on prior to arriving at the Airport or call 949-252-5200 to inquire about real-time parking availability.

Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off

  • Drivers picking up passengers are encouraged to utilize the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or the 2-hour parking spaces located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C. Access to the Terminal parking structure is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.
  • Guests utilizing ride app companies Uber, Lyft and Wingz for pick-up services should be aware of new pick-up locations in parking structures A2, B2 and C on the Departure (upper) Level. Ride app drivers will continue to drop off passengers on the Departure (upper) Level at curbside.
  • Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy. Column 14 is also a designated JWA Yellow Cab pick-up location for Terminal C.

Other Travel Planning Resources

  • John Wayne Airport understands traveling through an airport can be a difficult experience for individuals with hidden disabilities like Autism. To ease some of the stress associated with airport travel, our Helping Hands team is here to assist you. Please contact us at (949) 252-5200 to speak to someone directly about your special assistance needs, or email us at
  • There are specific rules and exceptions for passengers traveling with infant care items. Please visit the TSA Tips for Traveling with Children for more information.
  • International travelers should check the S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website to ensure they have appropriate travel documentation for visiting 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. Passengers traveling to and from Vancouver, Canada, will clear Customs in Canada.

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