John Wayne Airport and the Orange County economy continue their close
relationship as both show signs of strong growth in 2015. Last year,
JWA served over 9.3 million passengers and recently reported that its
year-over-year growth in passengers for the first five months of 2015
is a hefty 5.2%. Based on airline schedules for the remainder of the
year, JWA is on track to match – or perhaps surpass – record passenger
levels it set in 2007.
Orange County to St. Louis flights to begin in Fall
St. Louis Lambert Field is celebrating the launch of three
new non-stop flights this week: Austin, TX (AUS), Portland, OR (PDX)
and Jackson, TN (MKL). Lambert will also debut new service to John
Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in
Port of Entry Update - JWA News
John Wayne Airport (JWA) continues to pursue a Port of Entry
designation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Since JWA’s
initial request to CBP in November 2013, the Airport has worked closely
with members of Orange County’s Congressional delegation, along with
the Orange County Visitors Association, Orange County Business Council,
U.S. Travel Association and other advocates to obtain Port of Entry
In February 2015, Orange County Representatives Loretta Sanchez, Dana
Rohrabacher, Ed Royce and Mimi Walters introduced legislation, H.R.
1051, that would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate
John Wayne Airport as a CBP Port of Entry. In May, a delegation from
the Orange County Business Council, along with Orange County Board of
Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer, met with CBP to advocate in support
of the Airport’s request for Port of Entry designation.
Continued operation as User Fee Airport places JWA at a competitive
disadvantage with respect to maintaining current, and attracting new,
international service. CBP designation is important because it will
allow JWA to compete on a level playing field – both financially and
operationally – with other airports which currently hold Port of Entry
status. (See Long Beach story below.)
International Flights At Long Beach Airport Land Back At City
Council - Gazettes.com
City management is asking the City Council next Tuesday to decide
whether to start the work necessary to decide whether Long Beach should
ask for a U.S. Customs Facility at Long Beach Airport. The facility
would allow for international flights — something sought by the
airport’s primary commercial tenant, JetBlue Airways.
JetBlue currently flies to Mexico, the Caribbean and South America from
its East Coast hubs. Airline officials have said there is an interest
in flying to the Mexican Caribbean from the West Coast.
JetBlue and Long Beach officials have been discussing the possibility
of international flights at least since 2013. In November that year,
former Airport Director Mario Rodriguez sent a memo to City Manager Pat
West detailing the issue, saying it would benefit current tenants, but
not necessarily the airport itself.
“The Airport’s main focus is to retain the integrity of the Noise
Ordinance, while developing a financially sustainable model that will
not affect current or future financial forecasts,” the memo says.
“…Guarantees (e.g. partial airline funding or airport/airline residual
agreements) should be obtained from the user airline(s) to mitigate the
Airport’s financial exposure. In other words, the facility will need to
be sustainable by generating additional revenues within the bounds of
the Noise Ordinance.”
June 8 - June 14, 2015
Airport curfew measure defeated - Burbank
A proposal that would have allowed a mandatory nighttime curfew at Bob
Hope Airport failed to gain the support needed to pass in the U.S.
House of Representatives this week.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) offered the amendment to a House
Appropriations bill last week. It would have barred funding for
enforcement of the law that prevents Bob Hope Airport officials from
imposing a ban on flights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the latest in a
long-running battle for such restrictions.
The airport in 2009 completed a nine-year, multimillion dollar noise
study as part of a request that the Federal Aviation Administration
allow officials to enact the overnight curfew, but the FAA denied the
The airfield has a voluntary rule restricting takeoffs and landings of
commercial flights between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily, except for those
due to emergencies, weather or air-traffic-control delays. The curfew
does not apply to cargo jets or private planes.
Bothered By Aircraft Noise In
Southern California? Here's A
Chance For Input. - Forbes
The FAA announced yesterday a proposal to change dozens of existing air
traffic procedures in Southern California with new satellite-based
procedures. These new procedures, part of the Next Generation Air
Transportation System or NextGen, would be more precise and affect air
traffic operations at 11 airports in Southern California. NextGen
is a nationwide FAA initiative to improve the air traffic control
system. The announcement affecting Southern California is
contained in a draft environmental assessment – the procedures are
proposed, not final – and the FAA is requesting community input.
So, if noise has been an issue for you, now is a time to review the new
procedures, review their impact in your community, meet with FAA
experts and provide input.
According to the FAA, “the project includes 109 new satellite-based
procedures – 50 departures, 37 arrivals and 22 approach procedures that
guide aircraft down until they’re very close to their destination
airports. The project also expands the number of entry and exit
points into and out of the Southern California airspace, which is like
creating more on- and off-ramps in the sky.” In its press release
the FAA claims that it conducted noise modeling at 175,000 locations
and that “the proposed action would not result in any significant or
reportable noise impacts.” The affected airports are: Bob
Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR), Camarillo Airport (CMA), Mc
Clellan-Palomar Airport (Carlsbad) (CRQ), Fullerton Municipal Airport
(FUL), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport
(Daugherty Field) (LGB), Camp Pendleton MCAS (Munn Field) Airport
(NFG), Point Mugu Naval Air Station (NTD), North Island Naval Air
Station (NZY), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Oxnard Airport
(OXR), Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), San Diego
International Airport (SAN), Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA),
Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), Santa Monica Municipal Airport
(SMO), John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Jacqueline Cochran
Regional Airport (TRM), Bermuda Dunes (UDD), Miramar Marine Corps Air
Station (NKX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
FAA noise analyses and community perception of those changes are not
always the same. So it’s important if aircraft noise is an issue,
or if you fear that it may become an issue, to take the opportunity
offered by the FAA. Information on the proposed changes and
opportunities for comment can
be found here. The FAA is also offering public
workshops in 11 locations potentially affected by the proposed
changes. The public can attend workshops anytime between 4 p.m.
and 7 p.m.
Next session: June 16: Santa Ana. McFadden Intermediate School, 2701 S.
Raitt St., Santa Ana, CA 92704
June 1 - June 7, 2015
Passenger numbers rise at Bob Hope Airport for third straight
month - Burbank Leader
The April statistics surpassed airport projections by nearly 14,000
passengers and were slightly higher than the numbers from April 2013.
Dan Feger, the airport’s executive director, said officials are hopeful
that passenger traffic statistics for May will also be in line with the
higher numbers from two years ago.
For 2015, so far, the number of passengers is up 2% from where it stood
after the first four months of 2014, with a total of more than 1.25
million passengers, compared to less than 1.23 million passengers a
Other airports in the region reported varying passenger tallies for
April. The number of travelers at Los
Angeles International Airport rose by 3.1%. There was also a
5.7% hike at John Wayne Airport in
Orange County, and a 4.0% increase at Ontario
International Airport. However, Long
Beach Airport saw an 8.8% decrease for the month.