Travel Improvements, Economic Benefits
Located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles, John Wayne Airport serves more than 10 million passengers a year. Orange County Airport Projects continue to improve this SoCal airport for passenger safety and convenience.
It received a $4 million grant to update airfield signs, navigation aids and runway lighting. The money is part of an $800 million package of safety and infrastructure funding awarded to 347 airports around the country. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said it will “strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities.”
Additionally, the airport was awarded the $2.1 million to help cover the cost of a multi-year program to transition from natural-gas vehicles to zero-emission electric vehicles. These shuttles connect the airport terminal with public and employee parking lots on Main Street.
Since 2016, various construction projects have improved facilities for travelers. These include Terminals A and B updates to 14 commercial passenger gates, four baggage carousels, two airline club lounges and a variety of food and gift concessions. Other safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetic improvements include, restroom refurbishment, a new nursing mother’s lounge, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades, an animal relief area, lighting renovations, interior signage, roof repairs, and many more.