Show map of the Los Angeles metropolitan area Show map of the United States RunwaysDirection Length Surface ft m 2L/20R 5,701 1,738 Asphalt 2R/20L 2,887 880 Asphalt Statistics (2019)Passenger volume10,656,986Aircraft operations301,098 JohnWayneAirport (IATA : SNA , ICAO : KANA, FAILED : SNA) is a commercial and general aviation airport that serves Orange County, California, and the Greater Los Angeles area.
JohnWayneAirport is surrounded by the cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa, although its IATA airport code and mailing address are both registered to Santa Ana, the county seat. Originally named Orange County Airport, the Orange County Board of Supervisors renamed the airport in 1979 in honor of actor John Wayne, who lived in neighboring Newport Beach and died that year.
JohnWayneAirport is the sole commercial airport in Orange County. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boarding per year.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 4,584,147 emplacements in calendar year 2014, an increase from 4,450,628 in 2013. The main runway, 2L/20R, at 5,701 feet (1,738 m) in length, is one of the shortest of any major airport in the United States, and passenger jetliners operating from the airport have never been larger than the Boeing 757 (although some larger cargo aircraft fly from SNA, such as the wide body Airbus A310 operated by FedEx).
Runway 2R/20L is 2,887 feet (880 m) long and serves general aviation aircraft. No wide body passenger jetliners have ever been operated into SNA in scheduled airline service.
Orange County Airport, 1950sOrange County Airport terminal, circa 1967Orange County Airport terminal, 1971The first airstrip on the grounds was constructed in 1923, when Eddie Martin signed a five-year lease with James Irvine to operate a flying school on land owned by the Irvine Company. In 1935 Howard Hughes staged his world speed record-setting flight from the Eddie Martin Airport.
After serving as a military base during World War II, the Santa Ana Army Airfield was returned by the federal government to the County with the stipulation that it remain open to all kinds of aviation uses. Terminal groundbreaking, October 1988In addition to continuing to serve aviation, the field became an important drag racing center.
“Pappy” Hart and Creighton Hunter operated the Santa Ana Drag Strip, credited for being the world's first commercial drag strip, on the airport runway every Sunday, when it was closed to air traffic. In 1964 the airport was rebuilt, with its present two parallel runway configuration, oriented 190/10 degrees magnetic.
A full instrument landing system (ILS) was also installed. In 1963 Bonanza started nonstop F27s to Phoenix, and to Las Vegas in 1965; in 1967 Air California started Electra nonstop to San Francisco, 48 flights a week each way.
In 1967, the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m 2) Eddie Martin Terminal was built to accommodate 400,000 annual passengers. Remodeling added two passenger holding areas in 1974, a new baggage claim area in 1980 and a terminal annex building in 1982, bringing the facility to 29,000 square feet (2,700 m 2).
Air Cal MD-80 jet at JohnWayneAirport, 1981After the Orange County Airport was renamed JohnWayneAirport on June 20, 1979, the John Wayne Associates commissioned sculptor Robert Summers to create a bronze statue of “the Duke.” The 9-foot (2.7 m) statue, created at Hokey Hey Foundry in Dublin, Texas, was dedicated to the County on November 4, 1982.
Today, the bronze statue is in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal on the Arrival Level. The bronze statue of John Wayne in the airport's main lobby, 2009In 1990, the Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened.
The aging 29,000-square-foot (2,700 m 2) Eddie Martin Terminal was replaced with a modern 337,900-square-foot (31,390 m 2) facility. The new facility included 14 loading bridges, four baggage carousels, wide open spaces and distinct roadside arrival and departure levels.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a new, larger airport was proposed for the nearby site of the then recently closed El Too Marine Corps Air Station. However, after a series of political battles, combined with significant opposition from residents in the vicinity of El Too, the proposal was defeated, and no new airport was built.
A new parking lot C was added along with additional support facilities such as a Central Utility plant. In June 2020, a name change was requested, due to comments the actor made believed to be in support of white supremacy to Playboy in a 1971 interview.
The main passenger terminal, the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, is named for the late county supervisor who lobbied for the airport's expansion in the 1980s. Security screening lanes exist in all three terminals adjacent to check in.
All security screening areas also have a “fast track” lane for first class and elite frequent fliers along with full TSA PRE Check availability based on TSA defined schedules. In November 2011, Terminal A added a dedicated commuter gate area, along with refreshed gates, signage and information displays at both Terminals A and B.
In the upper rotunda above the themed restaurant is an American Airlines Admirals Club (operating out of Terminal A) and a United Club (operating out of Terminal B). Terminal C also provides a U.S. Customs and Border Protection IS/Federal Inspection Service for international flights that do not have pre-clearance.
The IS facility has Global Entry kiosks for registered users to shorten processing time. Immediately outside the baggage claim is the curbside arrivals pickup area.
Rental car offices are between Terminal A and B baggage claim areas with most rental agencies on site in the lower levels of the parking facility across the arrivals pickup area between Terminal A and B. Across the roadway from the arrivals pickup area between Terminal A and B is an island for public transportation, including taxis and buses.
Some airlines have also offered international service to Mexico from 2012 until 2019; there is currently no scheduled passenger service operated from Orange County to Mexico. Alaska Airlines provided international service to Vancouver in 2002.
However, a stop in Seattle (or change of planes) was required shortly after launch as JohnWayneAirport was not authorized for pre-clearance or international flights by U.S. agencies. Canadian airline Wester provided non-stop year round service to Vancouver since May 2011.
Wester also provided seasonal service to Calgary from June 2011, until ending flights in 2013. As of 2020, the Canadian airline has suspended service to SNA until March 5, 2021.
Southwest Airlines subsidiary Air Tran Airways began a new service in June 2012 from JohnWayneAirport to Cab San Lucas and Mexico City. This was the first international service to use the new IS in Terminal C. After its merger with Air Tran was completed in 2014, Southwest continued to operate the Mexico flights under its original brand.
However, Southwest then ended its service to Mexico City (MEX) from SNA in January 2017 before completely discontinuing all flights to MEX in March 2019. Alaska Airlines began a Mexico service in October 2015.
Alaska Airlines has continued this service to each airport on an every-other-day rotation. On March 3, 2021, it has been announced that Canada's flag carrier, Air Canada would start new daily flights to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada starting from June 2020, and then delayed to September 8, 2021, which would have marked its return to service to Orange County after 10 years.
It previously operated flights to Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 8, 2010, becoming the first-ever international airline to serve Orange County, until it ceased flights later that year. According to airport director Barry Rondinella, the airline is expected to start operations sometime in May 2021.
Southwest Airlines will resume international flights to Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cab in Mexico starting March 11, 2021. It previously served flights to Puerto Vallarta from June 18, 2015, until March 2017.
Southwest has also served flights to Cab San Lucas until March 2020, alongside terminating other destinations at the time due to passenger limitations following a 1985 settlement agreement. In an attempt to resume international service to Mexico, airline officials have been in negotiations with Mexican low-cost airline Polaris, which has applied for an Orange County slot.
Orange County officials have planned to end all of JSX operations at SNA on January 1, 2021, stating it is “no longer welcomed”. This announcement prompted the airline to seek support from customers, encouraging them to contact the Orange County officials for reconsideration in order for the airline to continue operations at Orange County.
It stated that the airport “discriminatory chose” to terminate the airline's operations at SNA “in favor of two large airlines ...” which the former already operates the same flights to Las Vegas, Reno, and Oakland. Shortly afterwards, the airline has won a , preventing the airport officials from terminating the airline's operations in which a spokeswoman said the airport will comply.
A 1985 settlement agreement defined the scope of operation for JohnWayneAirport in how it affects the local community. The agreement in conjunction with a Phase 2 Commercial Airline Access Plan and Regulation controls the number of noisier operations (mainly commercial aircraft) allowed from the airport.
These stations are placed in areas that exceed a community noise equivalent level (CNET) of 65 dB. Some aircraft departing from the airport may cycle to full power while holding at the runway then release the brakes when engines are fully spooled up (short field procedure).
On operations from runway 20R a steep climb may also be required to allow for a power reduction at about 500 to 700 feet (150–210 m) for a quieter overflight over the city of Newport Beach. For 20R departures, a left turn after departure to 175 degrees allows for a passage over Newport Beach within the confines of the noise abatement profile.
Departures from 2L (normally during Santa Ana wind conditions) are not affected by these noise abatement procedures. Extension of the runway is almost impossible, as it on both ends is enclosed by freeways and, past the freeways, numerous residences and businesses which would require relocation in case of such a proposition, which is a costly endeavor.
Access and noise reports are published by the airport and are available to the public. These reports are generated on a regular basis and outline curfew exceptions per carrier and overall noise impact.
In order to compensate for a short runway, and to comply with local noise restrictions, pilots frequently take off at an angle of 20 to 25 degrees, compared to 10 to 15 degrees at other airports. The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service.
The airport has multiple general aviation facilities, an airline concourse building split into three terminal areas, and 2 paved runways. The shorter runway 20L at SNA, circa 2014 Runway 2L/20R: 5,701 by 150 feet (1,738 m × 46 m), used by commercial aircraft and general aviation serving most incoming and departing traffic to the west of the airport.
Effective January 1, 2021, these two fixed-base operators are Clay Lacy Aviation and ACI Jet. In addition to supporting fuel sales and other aircraft services, these companies lease facilities to flight training, charter, and aircraft maintenance businesses.
FBS: ACI Jet Clay Lacy Aviation Airport businesses Clay Lacy Aviation Martin Aviation Aircraft Maintenance Slipstream OC Helicopters Orange County Flight Center Regency Air Sunrise Aviation Western Avionics The Busiest domestic routes from SNA (November 2019 – October 2020) Rank City Passengers Carriers 1 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 258,000 American, Southwest 2 Denver, Colorado 248,000 Frontier, Southwest, United 3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 238,000 American 4 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 213,000 Alaska, Delta 5 San Jose, California 201,000 Alaska, Southwest 6 Las Vegas, Nevada 167,000 Delta, Southwest 7 San Francisco, California 165,000 Alaska, United 8 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 137,000 American, United 9 Oakland, California 133,000 Southwest 10 Sacramento, California 126,000 Southwest Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at SNA Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change 19904,586,596--20007,772,801 4.0%20108,663,452 0.5% 19915,345,284 16.5%20017,324,557 5.8%20118,609,008 0.6% 19925,672,603 6.1%20027,903,066 7.9%20128,857,944 2.9% 19936,141,981 8.3%20038,535,130 8.0%20139,232,789 4.2% 19946,773,977 10.3%20049,272,394 8.6%20149,386,033 1.7% 19957,159,154 5.7%20059,627,032 3.8%201510,180,258 8.5% 19967,307,750 2.1%20069,613,480 0.1%201610,496,511 4.6% 19977,718,415 5.6%20079,979,699 3.8%201710,423,578 0.7% 19987,460,179 3.3%20088,989,603 9.9%201810,664,038 2.3% 19997,470,415 0.1%20098,705,199 3.2%201910,656,986 0.1% JohnWayneAirport is located next to the interchange between the 405 Freeway and MacArthur Boulevard.
Heading south on MacArthur Boulevard from the airport provides access to the 73 Toll Road. On-site car rentals are available in the basement level of the Parking A2/B2 garages.
Off site car rental shuttles are available at the Ground Transportation Center. The airport has four parking garages open in the main terminal area: A1, A2, B2 and C. Valet parking is available between at a drop off/pick up area Terminals A and B, and between Terminals B and C. An off- airport parking lot (Main Street Parking) is also available at 1512 Main Street in Irvine, with free shuttle service to the terminals.
The City of Irvine's shuttle route A serves the airport and TustinMetrolink station. The shuttle service runs only during weekday rush hours.
Taxis and private shuttles are available from the Ground Transportation Center located outside the lower level between Terminal A and B. Transportation network companies, such as Lyft and Uber, are available.
On February 17, 1981, Air California (Air Cal) Flight 336 (a Boeing 737-200), with 105 passengers and five crew members, was flying from San Jose, to JohnWayneAirport and crashed upon initiating a go-around. The captain of the landing Air California aircraft delayed the go-around then initiated a gear up procedure before a positive rate of climb was achieved, causing the plane to stall.
Then the nose came down, striking the ground, and the airplane spun around and skidded down the runway before coming to rest in the margin. A fire started, but the passengers and crew exited the plane.
The aircraft, registered N468AC, was damaged beyond repair and was written off. On December 15, 1993, a chartered IAI Westwindbusiness jet carrying two flight crew members and three passengers (including Rich Snyder, president of In-N-Out Burger), crashed while on approach to JohnWayneAirport.
The aircraft, which departed Bracket Field, 30 miles to the north in La Verne, followed a Boeing 757 for landing, became caught in the 757's wake turbulence, rolled into a deep descent, and crashed near the intersection of State Route 55 and Singer Avenue. The crash investigation led to the FAA requirement for an adequate period between heavy aircraft and following light aircraft to allow wake turbulence to diminish.
On February 13, 2017, Harrison Ford accidentally landed his Avian Husky on taxiway C, to the left of runway 20L. A Boeing 737 was holding short of 20L on the taxiway when Ford overflew them.
On June 30, 2017, a Cessna 310 twin-engine aircraft crashed short of a runway into a highway median on Interstate 405. The pilot made a mayday call shortly after taking off from JohnWayneAirport and attempted to land after being cleared for emergency landing on runway 20R.
On August 5, 2018, a Cessna 414 scheduled to land at JohnWayneAirport crashed into a Staples parking lot a few blocks north of the airport in nearby Santa Ana, killing at least five people. On January 26, 2021, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter took off from JohnWayneAirport at approximately 9:06 am PST carrying retired NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter, and 7 others bound for Camarillo Airport for a basketball event in Thousand Oaks.
JohnWayneAirport has been the main base for the Orange County Sheriff's Department since 1985 when the county's board of supervisors approved the purchase of two Hughes MD500E aircraft nicknamed “Duke I” and “Duke II” which is the famous nickname of the airport's namesake. In 1998 the OC Sheriff's Department traded up for a new helicopter, the McDonnell Douglas MD600N.
At this time the OCS became the first law enforcement agency to operate the MD600N. The Costa Mesa Police Department operated an ASU out of JohnWayneAirport for 41 years.
The division was called “ABLE” for Airborne Law Enforcement. They finished servicing their community in 2012 with the last helicopter platform being three Euro copter EC-120 “Eagles”.
Lyon Air Museum, founded by Major General William Lyon in 2009, is located in a hangar on the west side of the airport. It focuses particularly on World War II military aircraft and vehicles.
The museum hosts the Collins Foundation, an annual flight experience program, every spring, allowing the public the opportunity to fly in a historic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress or Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The air museum features a rotating selection of antique cars from General Lyon's personal collection every year for a limited time.
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