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JWA passenger counts nearing pre-pandemic levels

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) increased in October 2021 as compared to October 2020. In October 2021, JWA served 873,422 passengers, an increase of 183.7% when compared with the October 2020 passenger traffic count of 307,865 and a decrease of 2.7% when compared to October 2019 of 897,873 passengers. 

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Commercial aircraft operations increased 120.3% and commuter aircraft operations increased 2.3% when compared with October 2020 levels. Comparing October 2021 to 2019 levels, commercial aircraft operations of 7,571 decreased 3.0% and commuter aircraft operations of 461 increased 13.7%.

Total aircraft operations increased in October 2021 as compared with the same month in 2020. In October 2021, there were 26,160 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 14.2% increase compared to 22,905 total aircraft operations in October 2020 and increased 2.7% compared to October 2019 of 25,468 total aircraft operations.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 70.0% of the total aircraft operations during October 2021, decreased 3.8% when compared with October 2020, and increased 5.5% when compared to general aviation activity of 17,317 in October 2019, which accounted for 68.0% of total aircraft operations.

The top three airlines in October 2021 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (327,192), American Airlines (141,903) and United Airlines (122,886).