NEWS BLOG - LATEST
March 3 - March 9, 2014
JWA’s Cabo Service Set for Switch to Southwest -
AirTran Airways' service from John Wayne Airport to Cabo San Lucas will
switch carriers in August. AirTran parent Southwest Airlines will take
over the daily, non-stop service previously offered from JWA through
AirTran beginning Aug. 10.
It's offering an introductory, one-way fare of $143.
The switch to Southwest is part of a planned integration of AirTran’s
operations under the parent company’s banner.
Bob Hope Airport sees more passenger traffic -
The number of passengers making their way through Bob Hope Airport in
January climbed 3% from the same time a year ago, marking the second
straight month of increases following a six-month string of declines.
The airfield handled 302,389 travelers during the first month of 2014,
up from 293,644 during January 2013.
Airport Executive Director Dan Feger said the improvement from last
year may be partially influenced by ongoing cost-cutting efforts by
airlines in 2013, which included reducing the number of flights going
in and out of Burbank.
The number of passengers rose in January by 3%, the number of available
seats declined by 6.8% across all airlines.
Most regional airports also reported a boost in passengers for January.
At Los Angeles International Airport,
the number of travelers grew by 7.2% compared to January 2013, while Ontario International Airport saw a
John Wayne Airport reported a
2.9% boost in passengers, while Long
Beach Airport’s figures slid by 8.7%.
February 24 - March 2, 2014
JWA Posts 2.9% Gain in Traffic - OCBJ
Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport was up 2.9% in January from a
year earlier to 718,549, according to the latest numbers from the
Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways served a combined
301,776 passengers, the most for the month.
United Airlines served the second highest (104,162) followed by
American Airlines (90,159).
International traffic, which comes from the airport's service to Canada
and Mexico, was off about 7.4% for the month to 27,845.
February 17 - February 23, 2014
Southwest, JetBlue: DCA slots will be weighted toward new markets
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways plan to focus on new markets
with their newly acquired slots at Washington's Reagan National Airport
(DCA). John Kirby, senior director of network planning for Southwest,
said "It's going to be a mix but it will be slightly weighted towards
new markets." John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue,
also said "it will be more on the side of new destinations." In
addition, Southwest announced plans to return one pair of slots for
Sunday flights at DCA to federal regulators.
Website Editor: John Wayne
Airport has sought to obtain direct flights to D.C.
February 10 - February 16, 2014
Airport traffic increased 4% across the globe in 2013 -
Airports Council International
Passenger traffic at airports around the world rose by 4% in 2013,
according to the Airports Council International. Asia-Pacific airports
reported growth of more than 7% for 2013, while European airports
reported growth of 2.6% for the year. Meanwhile, North American
airports reported modest growth of 1.3% for 2013.
February 3 - February 9, 2014
LA-Ontario airport lawsuit back on after no deal -
A two month cooling-off period in the fight over Southern California's
Ontario International Airport has yielded no deal. The city of
Ontario's lawsuit against Los Angeles for control of the airport will
now move ahead. A hearing is scheduled for June.
Judge Gloria Connor Trask told attorneys Wednesday she was disappointed
two months of talks didn't lead to a settlement, but urged further
Ontario attorneys said outside court the main issue is how much the
city would pay for the airport, suggesting that assuming its debts
should be sufficient.
The lawsuit says Los Angeles poorly marketed the midsize airport 50
miles to its east, which has lost nearly half its passengers since
Los Angeles argues the drop was inevitable in the slow economy.
Airline consolidation helps larger SoCal airports -
Cutbacks and consolidation in the airline business are beginning to
show up at the gate as Southern California's larger airports showed
strong growth in passenger traffic last year, while most of the smaller
facilities suffered losses.
Los Angeles International Airport continued to dominate the region,
with 4.7 percent year-over-year growth, topping 66 million passengers
in 2013. John Wayne Airport ranked second, with a 4.2 percent increase,
followed by San Diego International, up 2.7 percent. Palm Springs
International, the single exception among smaller airports in the
region, saw passenger traffic edge up 1.5 percent.
The strength of those four airports was won at the expense of Long
Beach Airport, Burbank Bob Hope Airport and LA/Ontario International
Airport. Long Beach had the most severe decline in passengers, down 8.2
percent over 2012, with Ontario close behind, falling 8.1 percent.
Burbank traffic was off by 5.2 percent.
“Airlines are thinking, ‘Maybe we don't need to service all these
airports in the Los Angeles Basin,'” said Michael Boyd, president of
Boyd Group International, a Colorado-based aviation consulting firm.
Website Editor: This trend is
one more reason why El Toro Airport would never have gotten off the
ground and why Palmdale and San Bernardino airports failed to secure a
viable level of airline service.
Passenger numbers slip at Bob Hope Airport -
Bob Hope Airport saw a roughly 5.2% decline in passengers last year,
however, officials were cautiously optimistic to see December numbers
rise about 1.2%, according to the latest report.
The airport handled about 3.88 million passengers last year, down from
slightly more than 4 million passengers in 2012, according to figures
released Monday by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
There were 334,878 travelers in December, up from 330,966 in December
2012, making it one of three months that saw slight increases in
passenger counts last year.
Passenger statistics at other airports in the region varied
considerably. At Los Angeles
International Airport, the number of passengers rose by 9.3%,
while they ticked up 1.5% at Ontario
International Airport, which reported passenger declines
throughout most of last year.
John Wayne Airport saw
passenger numbers rise 7.3% in December, while Long Beach Airport reported its
number of passengers slid 3%.
Southwest to offer direct flights to Dallas Love Field -
John Wayne and Los Angeles International Airports are among the 15 new
destinations that will get direct service to Dallas Love Field on
Southwest Airlines this fall.
Since 1979, Southwest has been restricted by federal law from providing
expanded service out of Love Field, the more centrally-located Dallas
airport, to help protect the much larger Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas and Fort Worth city officials, as well as DFW and the airlines,
agreed eight years ago to allow the so-called Wright amendment
restrictions to expire this year.
Southwest said it will begin direct service to five new locations Oct.
13, the day the law expires, and add 10 other destinations, including
John Wayne and LAX, on Nov. 2.
January 27 - February 2, 2014
San Diego International Airport breaks international passenger record
for second consecutive year
International passenger traffic at San
Diego International Airport set a record in 2013 for the second
consecutive year, increasing 21.5 percent over 2012 with 627,596 total
international passengers served.
In addition, total passenger traffic at SDIA in 2013 reached its
highest level since 2008, with 17,710,241 passengers served. That
represents a 2.7 percent increase compared to 2012.
See last week's report below on LAX foreign travel.
Area's removal from Superfund site clears way for Great Park homes in
Irvine - OC Register
Nearly 2,000 acres of the former El Toro Marine base are being removed
from the federal Superfund cleanup list, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency announced Monday.
The 1,900-acre area, once contaminated by military use in past decades,
is now fit for the planned construction of thousands of homes as well
as commercial and retail properties, the EPA statement said.
The cleanup began in the late 1990s and cost the U.S. Navy $165
million. Some 650 acres remain to be cleaned up, and that will cost $50
million more, EPA officials said. That area will likely take several
more years to be cleaned up.
Gold Line Authority Studying Extension
To Ontario Airport - LA.Curbed.com
The Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority is determined to get that
light rail line to beleaguered Ontario Airport. The authority,
currently stretching the line to Azusa with hopes of a 2015 or 2016
opening, has published the final environmental impact report for a
further extension to Montclair and is now starting the environmental
study process on an approximately $950-million extension to Ontario
The $1.5-million study will look at the best way to get the transit
line into the small airport—a process that should be a lot less
complicated than getting train service to massive LAX. This advance is
tempered by a move by a subcommittee of the San Bernardino Associated
Governments, which placed a Gold Line extension low on their list of
SanBAG, involved in the Montclair and Ontario extensions because they
cross into San Berdoo County, think extending the Metrolink commuter
line to Redlands and double-tracking Metrolink lines near Upland,
Claremont, and Fontana are both more important projects than the Gold
Line, mostly because there is zero money earmarked for construction of
the Montclair or Ontario spurs.
Metro also placed the extensions low on its list of priority projects
for the next three decades, and while this could change if voters
extend the Measure R transit/freeway tax at the ballot, SanBAG is
reluctant to even pay for studies at this point. The Gold Line
Authority is spearheading the airport study with their own reserves and
sent out a statement saying they will work with SanBAG to convince them
of the Gold Line's importance, especially in getting more fliers to
here for previous news reports