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NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers going to and from John Wayne Airport (SNA) will find some traffic rerouting along the airport's main roadway until Sept. 15 because of an ongoing seismic retrofitting project at the Santa Ana airport.  The southbound 55 Freeway exit that leads into the airport will be reduced to one lane and will direct cars to the departure level only. If you're picking up passengers or returning rental cars to the lower arrival level, you will need to take the airport return loop to get there, according to an airport statement.
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NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The folks at Airfarewatchdog released a list Thursday of what the online travel website considers the 10 scariest airports in the U.S. I was surprised to see airports right in my backyard -- Orange County, San Diego and Catalina Island -- included. I don't regularly fly in or out of these Southland airports (I've never flown to Catalina) and I realize this is all subjective, but certainly I would have heard these claims before? I'm hoping fliers will weigh in and set me straight, but first, here's the list: --Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're looking for shuttles at John Wayne Airport (SNA) these days, you won't find them in the usual places. The Disneyland shuttle and a free parking lot shuttle have moved temporarily while the airport repaves the road at the Ground Transportation Center. Changes that went into effect Tuesday: -- Disneyland Resort Express has been relocated north of Terminal A on the airport's lower level. The stop will remain there through August. The daily shuttle operated by Southern California Gray Line charges $15 for adults and $12 for children for one-way fares from the airport to Disneyland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
It began as the most modest of airports - passengers trudged across the tarmac to climb aboard departing jets, a double-wide served as a terminal and on weekends, drag races were held in the parking lots. And even as John Wayne Airport grew into a larger regional transit hub, offering scores of flights each day since the late 1960s, its growth was stunted by its short runways and a cap on how many passengers could pass through the terminal gates. But the addition of two flights to Mexico that began this week - in addition to flights to Canada that began recently - has given international status to Orange County's only commercial airport.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
AirTran Airways makes its debut at John Wayne Airport (SNA) on Sunday with nonstop flights from the Orange County airport to two destinations in Mexico: Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in Baja and Mexico City (MEX). It's the first time the airport has offered regular service between Orange County and Mexico. To celebrate, AirTran will be serving a Mexican-style breakfast at 10 a.m. Sunday and giving out goodie bags for passengers waiting to board the airline's first flights.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're flying from Orange County's John Wayne Airport in the next few weeks, you might want to allow more time to get through security screening. Starting Wednesday, security checkpoints at Terminal B will be closed for the next two weeks while upgraded scanning machines are installed, an airport statement says. United and U.S. Airways passengers should still check in at the Terminal B ticket counter but then stroll over to Terminals A or C (about a five-minute walk)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
After five years in the works, officials at John Wayne Airport on Monday opened a new multimillion-dollar terminal. But there was one problem: The baggage-handling system wasn't working. Passengers who arrived at Terminal C were greeted with signs saying they had to check in their luggage next door at Terminal B. Airport staff were also waiting for passengers in the new parking structure, where they informed people of the breakdown. Travelers with carry-on baggage were not affected.
TRAVEL
November 13, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Beginning Monday, passengers at Orange County's John Wayne Airport will find more parking, more elbow room, state-of-the-industry check-in kiosks and an array of works from local artists. They'll also find more places to plug in a laptop and more places to lap up a lunch. It's all part of the biggest upgrade at John Wayne since the airport's Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened in 1990, modernizing a facility that has historically carried more cachet than most regionals because of its landmark noise-abatement work in the '80s and '90s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
Travelers will have more room to stretch out and more spaces to park in when John Wayne Airport officially opens its new Terminal C on Monday. Officials this week previewed the building, which has six additional gates, a 2,000-space parking structure and the latest security and ticketing technology. Originally proposed to meet skyrocketing air travel demand, Terminal C opens amid a tepid market and weak economy. John Wayne operates under its limit of 10.8 million passengers annually, but officials expect traffic to pick back up. Terminal C is the capstone of $543 million in airport expansion and renovations first approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2004.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Step aside, O'Hare. There's a new winner in the busiest-airport derby and it's LAX, which is expected to be the nation's most crowded this Thanksgiving. Coming in next are O'Hare, Orlando International in Florida and San Francisco International, according to the annual Orbitz Insider Index. Among the least-busy airports? LAX's little sister, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, San Jose International and Maui, Hawaii. The travel company compiled its list of the busiest and least-busy airports based on flight reservations made via Orbitz between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27 at the top 50 airports in the nation.
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