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
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,
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
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 -
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
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
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.
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
traffic at Burbank Bob Hope Airport improved by a little over 2 percent
served 284,496 passengers, an increase of 2.2 percent from the 278,420
passengers served in February 2014.
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.
was up 4.4 percent to 6,499 passengers.
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
passenger traffic at John Wayne
Airport increased in February 2015 as compared to February 2014.
February 2015, the Airport served 708,940 passengers, an increase of
compared to the February 2014 passenger traffic count of 671,858.
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
March 9 - March 15, 2015
Alaska Airlines seeks goverment approval for Mexico flights from JWA
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
Department of Transportation and the Mexico Dirección General de
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 -
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
passenger traffic at John Wayne
Airport increased in January 2015 as compared to January 2014. In
2015, the Airport served 736,666 passengers, an increase of 2.5% when
to the January 2014 passenger traffic count of 718,549.
aircraft operations decreased
1.7%, while commuter aircraft operations decreased 4.4% when compared
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
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
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
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)
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.