May 11 - May 17, 2015

Southwest adds St. Louis and Kansas City to JWA routes

Southwest Airlines announced new nonstop service from John Wayne Airport to St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.  Service to Kansas City (MCI) and St. Louis (STL), Missouri, will begin on November 22, 2015.

May 4 - May 10, 2015

Bob Hope Airport sees a bump in passengers
- Burbank Leader

The number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport rose by 5.2% in March compared to the same month last year, beating budget projections by the same amount, according to airfield officials.

There were 337,432 passengers in March, compared to 320,787 in March 2014, according to a report released Monday by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. It’s the second straight increase in passenger numbers after declines of less than 2% in both December and January.

Other airports in the region reported varying passenger tallies for March. The number of travelers at Los Angeles International Airport rose by 4.2%. There was also a 7.2% hike at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, and a 1.8% increase at Ontario International Airport. Long Beach Airport saw a 9.6% decrease for the month.

April 20 - April 26, 2015

JWA March Passengers, Flights Up
- OC Business Journal

John Wayne Airport reported boosts in passenger traffic and flights for March. It was the second-straight month of increases in both categories, and the rate of the gains in March exceeded February’s growth.

The airport handled 832,000 passengers last month compared with the same period last year, an increase of 7%. Passenger traffic increased 5.5% in February.

Commercial flights grew 2% to about 3,300 in March. That followed a gain of about 1% in February.

Airport spokesperson Jenny Wedge attributed the March increases to new activity by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines—which began flying to its home city from John Wayne in November. An increase in passenger totals for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines also contributed to the gain in March, she said.

International passenger counts were down 15% in March.

Southwest and Alaska are set to increase their numbers in that arena, as well.

Southwest plans to begin flights from JWA to Puerto Vallarta in June—it now flies to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City from here.

Alaska plans to begin flying to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos in October.

Ontario responds to court denying LA motion

In response to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask denying a motion by Los Angeles to dismiss Ontario's airport lawsuit, Alan D. Wapner, Ontario Mayor pro Tem and President of the Ontario International Airport Authority, issued this statement:

We are extremely pleased and not at all surprised by today's court decision denying a late attempt by Los Angeles to dismiss Ontario's claims for L.A.'s breach of its contractual and fiduciary duties. Ontario continues to vigorously prepare for trial on August 17, 2015 where we will seek damages and an injunction to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

April 6 - April 12, 2015

Passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport ascends
- Burbank Leader

The number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport increased in February, compared to the same month in 2014, despite a drop in the number of seats available during the period.

"They're using aircraft more efficiently," said Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, referring to air carriers that have been flying fewer, but more-full flights in recent years.

Feger noted that the number of available seats in February was down 2.2% — roughly 9,000 seats — compared to the same month in 2014, while the number of passengers climbed 2.2%, up from 278,420 to 284,496 in a year-to-year comparison.

Airport officials have in recent months undertaken new efforts to increase passenger traffic at the airfield, including hiring a consultant to develop a rebranding campaign to raise awareness of the airport among travelers outside the Los Angeles region and another project to highlight the "Burbank advantage" to air carriers in a bid to increase service to the airfield.

Other airports in the region also reported a mixed bag in passenger tallies for February. The number of travelers at Los Angeles International Airport rose by 3.9%. There was also a 5.5% hike at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and a 0.6% increase at Ontario International Airport. Long Beach Airport saw a 12.5% decrease in February.

Long Beach Airport likely to see a decline - Signal Tribune

Long Beach Airport is projecting a dip in revenue this year as JetBlue Airways has recently scaled back the number of flights the airline will be offering this summer while Horizon Air, a regional carrier of Alaska Airlines, pulled out of the market in January, according to airport officials.

In a phone interview, Long Beach Airport Director Bryant Francis confirmed with the Signal Tribune that passenger traffic at the airport has already dropped so far this year, with enplaned passengers for January and February down 12 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Even though summer historically is the “busiest travel season” for airlines, JetBlue has decided to offer four fewer flights this year than last year, he said.

Passenger Traffic Inches Up at Burbank Airport - San Fernando Business Journal

Passenger traffic at Burbank Bob Hope Airport improved by a little over 2 percent in February.

The airport served 284,496 passengers, an increase of 2.2 percent from the 278,420 passengers served in February 2014.

Driving the increase was Southwest Airlines, which has cut flights at the airport, but is filling its remaining flights with higher passenger counts. It transported 216,869 passengers, up 3.4 percent, or more than 7,000 from a year earlier.

JetBlue Airways was up 4.4 percent to 6,499 passengers.

US Airways experienced the biggest drop, falling 11.3 percent to 12,020 passengers. Delta Airlines was off 10.4 percent to 4,309 passengers

Bob Hope Airport has struggled in the past few years as flight traffic and passenger counts dwindled amid the recession, and as carriers consolidated operations at larger airports to keep planes full. Passenger activity peaked in 2008 with 5.84 million people coming through the terminal.

March 30 - April 5, 2015

JWA handles more passengers but flights stay about level

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in February 2015 as compared to February 2014.  In February 2015, the Airport served 708,940 passengers, an increase of 5.5% when compared to the February 2014 passenger traffic count of 671,858.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 0.6%, while commuter aircraft operations decreased 3.1% when compared to February 2014 levels.

March 23 - March 29, 2015

Alaska Airlines' JWA-Mexico flights get the green light from U.S. regulators
- OC Register

Alaska Airlines is offering introductory fares to two Mexico cities from John Wayne Airport on the heels of U.S. government approval for the international flights.

The Department of Transportation approved this week the addition of two routes to and from the Orange County airport and Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

March 9 - March 15, 2015

Alaska Airlines seeks goverment approval for Mexico flights from JWA

Alaska Airlines submitted its application to begin nonstop service from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). 

Southwest airlines currently flies the same two routes from JWA.

February 23 - March 1, 2015

Loretta Sanchez's bill wants John Wayne Airport to be 'port of entry' to attract international travel
- OC Register

A House bill introduced this week would ease airline costs for international flights into John Wayne Airport and could attract more such flights to the county.

The measure calls for the airport to be declared a “port of entry.” Currently, airlines there must reimburse U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the cost of checking travelers from abroad, but there is no such charge to carriers at official ports of entry.

Courtney Wiercioch, a deputy airport director, said Interjet’s decision to leave John Wayne last year was due in part to the customs fees.

“Other international carriers have said that it’s a hindrance to them flying here as well,” she said.

Passengers arriving in the U.S. from abroad already pay a $17.50 fee to customs, regardless of the airport. Additionally, customs charged John Wayne carriers $1.4 million in 2014 to service the 277,000 passengers arriving on international flights.

Airports must have at least 15,000 annual international passengers to qualify to port of entry status.

Website Editor:  Long Beach Airport is considering adding customs facilities at the request of JetBlue.  See article below.

JWA posts January results; more passengers with fewer flights

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in January 2015 as compared to January 2014.  In January 2015, the Airport served 736,666 passengers, an increase of 2.5% when compared to the January 2014 passenger traffic count of 718,549.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.7%, while commuter aircraft operations decreased 4.4% when compared to January 2014 levels.

JetBlue requests Long Beach Airport add U.S. Customs facility for international flights
- Long Beach Press-Telegram
JetBlue on Monday formally requested Long Beach Airport apply for a federal customs facility, a move that would allow international travel at the city-owned airport.

In a letter sent to Airport Director Bryant Francis, Robert C. Land, JetBlue senior vice president for Government Affairs and associate general counsel, stated the airline has no interest in modifying the city’s airport noise ordinance.

“JetBlue will utilize only its current allotment of assigned Air Carrier slots and existing aircraft parking positions to fly internationally in addition to our current 11 domestic markets,” Land wrote.

February 16 - February 22, 2015

JWA will see more Southwest flights but not more non-stop cities

More nonstop flights are taking off from John Wayne airport. Travelers will be able to fly on Southwest Airlines to Seattle (SEA) and Chicago (MDW) (the only new airport served) beginning June 28, and to Portland (PDX) beginning August 9, 2015.  Non-stop flights are currently available to Chicago's OHare airport. 
Southwest also announced its plans to increase the number of daily, nonstop departures between John Wayne Airport and Dallas-Love Field (DAL) and Denver (DEN) effective August 2015.
As previously announced, the airline plans to inaugurate daily service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) on June 7, 2015, subject to governmental approvals and to Austin (AUS) on June 28, 2015.

Travelers wanting direct service to Washington, DC, New York's Kennedy airport, or Hawaii will have to drive out of Orange County or wait and hope.

No Change of Plans for Airport Noise Ordinance After Special Study Session
- Long Beach Post
A two hour study session held to analyze the current noise ordinance in effect at the Long Beach Airport served as little more than a history lesson, as city council and residents discussed the merits of the noise ordinance and an overwhelming reluctance to modify it in the future.

Assistant City Attorney Michael Mais and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert navigated through a nearly 50 slides in a presentation which documented the litigious history of the city’s Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance (ANCO), which has remained untouched since its adoption in 1995.

A large part of the reason that it has remained intact is the federal Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) of 1990, which was passed while ANCO was being processed by an appellate court in California. Long Beach was granted an exemption to keep their ordinance, which pre-dated the federal legislation, with the understanding that any amendments made to it could result in forfeiture of local airport noise governance.

“Since that federal law was enacted in 1990, no other airport in the country has been successful in being able to impose these types of restrictions that we currently have at our airport with flight caps and curfews,” Mais said. “There are probably only about five or six airports that share what we have as far as being exempt from ANCA.”

Website Editor:  John Wayne Airport has similar restrictions.  Bob Hope Airport applied for but failed to obtain approval for a curfew.

January 26, 2015 - February 1, 2015

JWA Director to Step Down
- OC Business Journal

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session to plan the search for a successor to John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy, who will step down from the post on Feb. 5.

Murphy has worked for Orange County for 32 years, including 28 years with the airport, the last 15 as its director.

It will be the second high-level vacancy at JWA.  Former Assistant Airport Director Loan Leblow retired about a year ago and the position wasn’t filled, though a recruitment is underway, airport spokesperson Jenny Wedge said.

The airport spokesperson said said Murphy, 57, planned to pursue personal projects and “do a little traveling,” and doesn’t rule out a new job sometime in the future.

JWA finishes with an improved year

John Wayne Airport served 1.7% more passengers in 2014 than it did in the previous year.  The 9,386,033 passengers fell 6% below the airports record volume of 9,979,699 set in calendar 2007.  2014 was the airport's fourth busiest year with the others all reached prior to the addition of the new third terminal.

In 2014 the airport saw the uptick in passengers despite a 5.2% year over year decrease in the number of commercial aircraft operations.  Commuter flights were up by 70.8% but represent only a small fraction of JWA's paid passenger operations.

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