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Volume 6, Issue 75  | September 17, 2021

JWA passenger counts dramatically increase, yet still short of pre-pandemic times

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) dramatically increased in July 2021 as compared to July 2020. In July 2021, the airport served 890,185 passengers, an increase of 272.3 percent when compared with the July 2020 passenger traffic count of 239,120, during a time in the middle of pandemic challenges. However, 2021 was still a decrease of 5.9 percent when compared to July 2019, which saw 946,111 passengers during pre-pandemic times.

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Commercial aircraft operations increased 85.9 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 14.6 percent when compared with July 2020 levels. Comparing July 2021 to 2019 levels, commercial aircraft operations of 7,294 decreased 5.5 percent and commuter aircraft operations of 527 increased 0.8 percent.

Total aircraft operations increased in July 2021 as compared with the same months in 2020 and 2019. In July 2021, there were 31,998 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 35.0 percent increase compared to 23,694 total aircraft operations in July 2020, and an increase of 16.3 percent compared to July 2019 with 27,520 total aircraft operations.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 75.5 percent of the total aircraft operations during July 2021, increased 25.4 percent when compared with July 2020, and increased 25.8 percent when compared to general aviation activity in July 2019, which accounted for 69.7 percent of total aircraft operations.

The top three airlines in July 2021 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (362,932), American Airlines (160,498) and United Airlines (104,805).

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