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Volume 6, Issue 95  | November 26, 2021

John Wayne Airport holiday travel tips


Air travel during the Thanksgiving travel period is expected to be a busy one. Passengers traveling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) can expect to see increased passenger traffic and busier roadways.

–Passengers are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage and go through security screening.


–Curbside Valet Parking is available on the Departure (upper) Level curbside from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. On your return, call 949.252.6260 or 2.4018 from any White Courtesy phone for faster service.

–Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2/hour up to $20/day. Travelers can plan by checking real-time parking availability online here or by calling 949.252.5200. Vehicle access to Terminal Parking Structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.

Electric Vehicles (EV) parking spots are located on Level 1 inside Terminal Parking Structures A, B, and C and on Level 2 in Parking Structure A. Charging stations can quickly be identified by the EV reflective signage and parking space surface markings.

John Wayne Airport arrival level

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Arrival Level at John Wayne Airport

Security Checkpoints

–TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. 

–Passengers wearing face coverings during the TSA screening process may be asked to adjust them to confirm identity. 

–Enroll in TSA precheck to expedite screening and reduce touchpoints.

–There are specific rules and exceptions for passengers traveling with infant care items. Visit TSA Tips for Traveling with Children for more information.

Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off

–Temporarily park your car for free at the JWA Cell Phone Waiting Lot located south of Parking Structure C near the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Campus Drive. The lot has 94 designated spaces, including 4 ADA, where visitors can wait until passengers are ready to be picked up.

–Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy.

Healthy Travels

–The Transportation Security Administration has extended the federal mask requirement for travelers across all U.S. transportation networks, including airports, through January 18, 2022. More information is available here. 

–Healthy Travel practices have been implemented throughout the Terminal following county and state guidelines to protect the health and safety of all guests. Visit for a list of FAQs or view the JWA Healthy Travels video.

For more travel tips and additional information about John Wayne Airport, visit


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