John Wayne Airport
Post Date: March 09, 2012
John Wayne Airport (SNA) is an airport in Orange County, California, with its mailing address in the city of Santa Ana, which is also the county seat, hence the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code. The main entrance to the airport is off of MacArthur Blvd in Irvine, the city that abuts the airport from the north and east. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa form the southern and western boundaries, respectively, together with a small unincorporated area along the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway. Santa Ana lies just north, not actually touching the airport directly. Originally named Orange County Airport, the county Board of Supervisors renamed it in 1979 to honor the actor John Wayne, who resided in neighboring Newport Beach and died that year. It also became the first airport to be named after an entertainer. [Wikipedia]
John Wayne Airport is owned and operated by the County of Orange. It is the only commercial airport and one of two general aviation airports in the county and is located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles, between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach.
The Airport spans 500 acres and two runways serve commercial and private aircraft: a 5,700-foot main runway and a 2,887-foot general aviation runway. Ten commercial, two commuter and two all-cargo airlines operate at John Wayne Airport. The Airport serves almost 9 million passengers and handles more than 15,000 tons of cargo each year. Approximately 600 general aviation aircraft are based at the Airport and are supported by facilities offering aircraft fueling, hangar space, maintenance services, aircraft sales, charter flights and flight instruction. SNA is the three letter designator assigned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
John Wayne Airport plays a unique and crucial role in the Orange County community. It is the only airport in Orange County that provides commercial passenger and air-cargo service and is the primary provider of general aviation services and facilities in the county. It is home to local law enforcement air operations and to medical/mercy flights. JWA is the gateway through which millions of passengers travel each year to their homes, their families, their vacations, and their businesses. [ocair.com]
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