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Passenger counts finally back, exceed pre-COVID times in 2019

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) increased in November 2021 as compared to November 2020. In November 2021, JWA served 854,393 passengers, an increase of 208.4% when compared with the November 2020 passenger traffic count of 277,020 and an increase of 3.3% when compared to November 2019 of 827,140 passengers.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 98.5% and commuter aircraft operations decreased 8.7% when compared with November 2020 levels. Comparing November 2021 to 2019 levels, commercial aircraft operations of 7,244 increased 1.6% and commuter aircraft operations of 504 increased 9.1%.

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Total aircraft operations increased in November 2021 as compared with the same month in 2020. In November 2021, there were 24,643 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 29.1% increase compared to 19,088 total aircraft operations in November 2020 and increased 11.9% compared to November 2019 of 22,014 total aircraft operations.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 68.4% of the total aircraft operations during November 2021, increased 13.3% when compared with November 2020, and increased 17.5% when compared to general aviation activity of 14,342 in November 2019, which accounted for 65.1% of total aircraft operations.

The top three airlines in November 2021 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (317,679), American Airlines (137,651) and United Airlines (120,418).