Year-over-year passenger traffic down at John Wayne Airport in December

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) decreased in December 2023 as compared with December 2022. In December 2023, the airport served 876,398 passengers, a decrease of 7.2% when compared with the December 2022 passenger traffic count of 944,266.

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Commercial aircraft operations increased 0.2% and commuter aircraft operations decreased 28.9% when compared with December 2022 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in December 2023 as compared with the same month in 2022. In December 2023, there were 22,338 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 2.9% increase compared to 21,704 total aircraft operations in December 2022.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 63.7% of the total aircraft operations during December 2023, increased 5.8% when compared with December 2022.

The top three airlines in December 2023 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (277,306), United Airlines (154,129) and American Airlines (113,459).

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