A Message from Melinda Seely, President of AirFair
Welcome to the new and improved AirFair web site! We are pleased you are paying us a visit. After you have toured the site, we would welcome your comments.
When a group of us organized in May 2002, we chose the name AirFair because we believe the citizens of John Wayne Airport corridor cities have done our fair share of absorbing the impact of Orange County air traffic.
We chose as our Mission: Stop expansion of John Wayne Airport.
Following the amendment to the 1985 agreement enacted in 2003, the limit on the number of annual passengers was raised from 8.4 million to 10.8 million, added six gates, customs capability for international flights, more overnight commercial jet parking and two more garages. While officials note that the expansion is necessary to serve the 10.8 million annual passengers permitted by the agreement, AirFair does not agree.
AirFair wants to ensure that the expansion is not actually intended to accommodate even more passengers.
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Below is a list of recent articles about JWA and sometimes AirFair.
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AirTran Wins DOT Approval for Four New Routes to Mexico Board of Supervisors Approves the Thomas Edwards, Counsel Mexico Incentive Plan Nov. 2011 Airport Affairs, NB City Council
Continental Airlines will end its Daily Pilot Dec. 1, 2011 Orange County-Maui service Dec. 31(2011)
LAX to be most crowded U.S. airport LA Times, Nov. 8, 2011 over Thanksgiving; JWA least busy
wants to add two JWA flights Daily Pilot Sept. 29, 2011
Editorial: JWA party a terminally bad idea OC Register Sept. 2, 2011
deny helipad request Daily Pilot August 10, 2011
activists want to ground proposed helipad near JWA Daily Pilot July 28, 2011
Stage is set for John Wayne Airport noise debate OCRegister July 3, 2011
AirTran Wins DOT Approval for Four New Routes to Mexico December 5, 2011
Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways have received route authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for AirTran to operate international flights to new destinations in Mexico. AirTran Airways still needs to obtain approval from the Mexican government to operate its planned new Mexico routes.
The carrier’s new international flights will include one daily round-trip between John Wayne Orange County Airport in California and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo; and one daily round-trip between Orange County and Mexico City. The airline plans to begin these services on June 3. The Boeing 737-700 is the most capable workhorse in AirTran Airways' two-type fleet and the airline uses its 737s to operate its longest and most-trafficked routes
To support its planned new Mexico flights out of Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, a market AirTran does not currently serve, AirTran will add domestic service between San Francisco and Orange County with one daily round-trip flight, and one daily round-trip flight between Las Vegas and Orange County. AirTran will begin these new domestic services on June 3, the same day it launches service from John Wayne Orange County Airport to Mexico.
Airport Report November 2011 Tom Edwards, Counsel Aviation Affairs NBCC
Board of Supervisors Approves the Mexico Incentive Plan
Build it and they will come? Having built an international arrival area at John Wayne, on November 8, the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the Customs and Immigration Service to station ten full time agents in Terminal C at an initial estimated cost of between 1.7 and 1.9 million dollars per year. In order to encourage the airlines to bear this cost, the county has agreed to reimburse the airlines with incentives of up to $900,000. (Three incentives of $300,000 each.)
Under the terms of the incentives, a new or existing commercial carrier will be required to fly non-stop from JWA to a Mexican city at least five times a week for a year. If all of the three incentives are earned, through out the year there is the possibility of JWA might see a minimum 780 flights per year. Depending upon the load factors and size of the planes utilized there would be approximately 78,000 in bound and outbound passengers per year or 156,000 annual passengers, which is approximately a 1.8% increase in traffic at the airport.
Southwest Steps Forward Southwest Airlines was the first to announce that it plans to begin service between John Wayne Airport and two cities in Mexico in June 2012 through its recently acquired AirTran subsidiary. The two cities currently identified are Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas. As reported earlier, carriers serving the Mexican market are required to meet the terms and conditions of the JWA Settlement Agreement and JWA Access Plan. For those of you keeping score, Southwest and AirTran reported 8.7 billion revenue passenger miles for October 2011 up from 8.4 billion in October 2010, while the two airlines increased their combined capacity by 4 percent to 10.7 billion available seat miles. At the same time their load factor for the month was 81.4 percent, or the percentage of seats filled, down from 81.8 percent in October 2010.
3 Despite the foregoing Southwest’s CFO on November 9 announced that they do not intend to grow in 2012. Instead they will be focusing on integrating AirTran and working to reap those revenue gains. They hope by the 2015 to 2020 timeframe they can begin to grow the combined airline again with a new combined network.
LAX to be most crowded U.S. airport over Thanksgiving, Orbitz says By Mary Forgione Los Angeles Times November 8, 2011
Step aside, O'Hare. There’s a new winner in the busiest-airport derby and it's LAX, which is expected to be the nation's most crowded this Thanksgiving. Coming in next are O’Hare, Orlando International in Florida and San Francisco International, according to the annual Orbitz Insider Index. Among the least-busy airports? LAX’s little sister, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, San Jose International and Maui, Hawaii. http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-thanksgiving-travel-20111109,1,4815289.story
Continental Airlines will end its Orange County-Maui service Dec. 31.
December 1, 2011 | 8:00 p.m.
Started in March 2010, the regular weekend flights will be canceled, according to airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.
Continental will provide daily Maui service from Dec. 19 to 31, to take advantage of the holiday travel rush.
The airline's Orange County-Honolulu service remains unaffected.
"It's unfortunate this is ending, as we know there are lots of Orange County residents who travel to and from this area," Wedge said about Maui. "We'd love to see this service return or offered by another carrier in the future."
— Mike Reicher
From trade magazine "Airport World"
"Even smaller airports such as John Wayne Airport in California earned nearly $36 million from parking. The total accounted for a third of the $109 million the gateway made from non-airline related activity in 2010."
wants to add two JWA flights
carriers serving Orange County plan to cut back six flights a day.
By Mike Reicher
29, 2011 | 8:34
Airlines will add two daily flights at John Wayne Airport if the Orange County
Board of Supervisors approves the airport's 2012 capacity plan Tuesday.
the added flights, Southwest will further dominate JWA, including at the new
Terminal C, which is set to open Nov. 14.
year's distribution of flights comes as officials ramp up for negotiations
about the airport's passenger cap and other limits, which expire in 2015.
JWA has to operate under an annual cap of 10.8 million passengers to limit
impacts on surrounding communities. Each year, the supervisors divide available
departures among air carriers.
Southwest is adding flights, other carriers are dropping them. U.S. Airways,
United Airlines, WestJet and Mesa Air are all scaling back their departures.
Those four airlines would relinquish their rights to about six flights per day.
spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said that in case the carriers are approaching the 10.8
million passenger mark, the airport would be able to withdraw some approved
year, Southwest has approval for 47 flights per day, and next year it will be
allowed 49 flights per day, starting in June. The carrier would represent about
40% of the total seats allowed in 2012.
kind of being bullish on the future," Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins
said, adding that rising fuel costs could change plans. "Orange County is
definitely a keystone in our Southern California strategy."
said he couldn't disclose if the company was adding new routes, but in May
Southwest acquired AirTran Airways, which flies to additional markets.
in the JWA capacity plan is a new carrier, Compass Airlines, which plans to
operate Delta Connection's commuter flights.
other airport news, crews are finishing the Southwest and Frontier Airlines
ticketing counters, among other interior improvements in Terminal C.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER September 2, 2011 Editorial: JWA party a terminally bad idea If anything, airport vendors and contractors – private companies – and interested community groups should fund such an activity, not taxpayers. Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson is right to criticize the idea to hold a party at taxpayer expense for the soon-to-be finished terminal and parking structure at John Wayne Airport. Does there need to be a party at all? If anything, airport vendors and contractors – private companies – and interested community groups should fund such an activity, not taxpayers.
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, airport staff announced plans to spend $50,000 for an event to commemorate the completion of the new terminal and parking structure. The supervisors have authority over the airport and thus must bless the party budget. Mr. Nelson told us: “People are out of work and struggling to put food on the table, and we are going to throw a party, a party for someone who was contracted and paid to do a job? That is not right.”
Supervisors John Moorlach and Bill Campbell both voiced their support during the meeting, citing marketing value in celebrating the accomplishment. And Airport Director Alan Murphy noted that similar celebrations were much higher – $1 million in San Francisco and $500,000 in San Jose.
Let’s not be the third fool. Such taxpayer expenditures are irresponsible because the unveiling of a new terminal will draw a crowd (we can’t wait!) and news coverage regardless of whatever fanfare may be planned, be it balloons, confetti cannons or melted Asiago cheese and fingerling potato appetizers. “The point is not whether the airport needs publicity,” Mr. Nelson told us, “if we just open the doors and let the vendors showcase what they do, why do we need to pay to throw a party? Just open up the terminal, and let the vendors show the world what they have. They can give their food away or charge for it.”
Mr. Murphy and Mr. Moorlach said that they had planned to solicit sponsors for the event and they might be able to cover all of the costs, but still needed to authorize the budget to move forward in doing so. We’re not buying it. Demonstrating fiscal responsibility means watching every dime the county spends.
deny helipad request
says project on Airway Avenue wouldn't benefit the city. Council could take up
| 8:24 p.m.
MESA — A local developer's proposal to add a
helipad on top of an office building next to John Wayne Airport should be
scrapped because it would open the door for other businesses to do the same,
the Planning Commission recommended this week.
denying Kevin Coleman's request Monday to build a 6-foot helipad on top of an
office building at 3132 Airway Ave., commissioners said they are avoiding
setting a precedent and expanding the airport's perceived "footprint"
no benefit to Costa Mesa," Planning Commissioner Sam Clark said. "We
don't get anything out of the deal. We get an individual who can fly a
helicopter into his facility. He's not a hospital. It's not an emergency need.
No one is going to live or die based on this heliport."
Coleman said the helipad is solely to accommodate the building's new tenant,
Leading Edge Aviation Services, an aircraft painting company.
Edge's owner currently flies clients to a hangar about 200 yards away, within
request, and the helicopter's flight path to his property in the city's
industrial end, was OKd by the Federal Aviation Commission and the Airport Land
his request has gained momentum, so has its opposition. A Newport Beach city
official sent a letter criticizing the request to the Costa Mesa Planning
Commission, as did attorneys for AirFair, a community organization that opposes
argue the helipad would expand JWA's footprint on the community, even if it was
landing on private property just outside the airport, and lead to other
neighboring businesses to make similar requests.
commission staff report suggested the commission approve the request because
the helicopter wouldn't violate noise limits and did not expand the airport's
footprint — which staff defined as the airport's property, discounting noise
and other environmental factors.
an incredibly myopic definition of a footprint," commission Chairman Colin
his request dying before his eyes, Coleman tried to reason with the commission.
it lands does not indicate a growth of John Wayne Airport," he said.
"If this helicopter was to leave John Wayne Airport and land at Hoag
[Hospital], would that be considered an expansion? We wouldn't be having this
conversation if it wasn't next to the airport."
commission recommended denying the application. The recommendation next goes to
the City Council, which could take up the issue next month.
activists want to ground proposed helipad near JWA
of the concerns include student safety because Mariner's Christian School is
900 feet away and noise levels for neighbors.
| 9:43 p.m.
Costa Mesa developer has applied to build a helicopter landing pad atop an
office building next to John Wayne Airport, and Newport Beach officials and
activists are lining up to fight it.
Tuesday's City Council meeting, Newport Councilman Keith Curry asked the city
manager to consider opposing the project.
most JWA planes take off over Newport, its residents have traditionally fought
the hardest against airport expansion and noise.
the developer and at least one Costa Mesa city official say they have stepped
too far in this case. The conflict raises the questions of what is an airport
expansion, and how much should Newport Beach residents intervene in their
wants to clamp down on any expansion of the airport footprint," said
Newport Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, who sits on the Airport Land Use
was the lone dissenting vote when the commission approved the helipad
application last week. She said she couldn't approve the project because the
business owner hadn't performed a noise study and, in her opinion, it was
"amorphous growth of the airport," among other concerns.
and Costa Mesa are part of the Corridor Cities Coalition, which has pledged to
prevent expanding the airport's physical footprint.
one-story building at 3132 Airway Ave. is in Costa Mesa, so the next step in
the approval process is at the city's Planning Commission. In the light
industrial area west of the airport, the office property abuts JWA land. It
shares a chain link fence, said Kevin Coleman, a Costa Mesa real estate
developer who owns the building.
wants to build the helipad to accommodate his new tenant, Leading Edge Aviation
Services, a commercial aircraft painting company.
Edge executives want to be able to drop off and pick up clients on the roof,
instead of walking to their nearby hangar.
would be like you go to work and have to park two blocks down the street,"
on the other side of JWA for years, Leading Edge has now outgrown its space,
company has three facilities in the South, one in Victorville, and another in
Malaysia. Its clients include Delta, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and
other global carriers.
by Castaway's resident Michael Manclark in 1989 with five employees, Leading Edge now has annual revenues of more than
$27 million, according to its website.
an American success story," said Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer,
who also sits on the Airport Land Use Commission. "Everyone talks about
government getting out of business owners' way, then they turn around and do
said the helipad won't increase the noise because Manclark already flies his
chopper in and out of a port 200 yards north of the proposed landing pad. And
besides, he and Coleman say, there are plenty of jets there that make much more
noise isn't so much of a concern as an errant rotor blade for Bob Sladek, head
of school at Mariner's Christian School, which sits about 900 feet away. He
said he'd like to know how close to the students the chopper will fly.
report prepared by the commission said that Mariner's Christian is not in the
students is one of the arguments that Newport lawyer Robert Hawkins made in a letter
he sent to the commission.
board member of airport activist group AirFair, Hawkins said he was writing on
behalf of "residents and groups in Newport Beach" and not in his
official capacity with AirFair.
2010, AirFair board members opposed a new luxury corporate jet hangar and
helped kill the project.
is an emotional issue because Newport Beach wants nothing to do with John Wayne
Airport," Coleman said. "That's an agenda that's been going on for 30
years, and there's nothing I can do about it."
Stage is set for John Wayne Airport noise debate
July 03, 2011By JEFF OVERLEY
over the future of noise-related restrictions at John Wayne Airport is
looming, and key players on the issue are arming themselves in hopes of
preserving hard-won community protections.
Most airports are
prevented by federal law from "reducing or limiting aircraft
operations," but JWA has a grandfathered legal pact capping the loudest
flights and passenger volume.
First signed in 1985, the accord
pits Newport Beach and two residents groups, who aim to curb airport
operations, against JWA, which says it wants to protect communities
while also satisfying travel demand.
Amendments in 2003 loosened
the constraints, and though the deal is good through 2015, negotiations
over renewal and revisions could begin before summer's end.
"We've been working diligently behind the scenes," Supervisor John Moorlach said.
attention has gone to assembling a team that includes cities near the
airport as well as neighborhood associations and even distant towns such
as Anaheim and Villa Park.
Will JWA become an international airport?
January 28th, 2009
With Air Canada planning service at John Wayne Airport by summer, will Orange County finally get designated as an international airport?
Not quite yet, says airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge. Here’s her response:
“Good question. No, John Wayne Airport will not be designated international at this point. For Air Canada, passengers will clear screening in Canada. Sometimes known as pre-clearance. When our new Terminal opens in 2011, we are planning to construct Federal Inspection Services and at that point, it could change our airport designation. We continue to work with Customs and Border Patrol to coordinate this.“
JWA announced Tuesday that it is in negotiations to complete a lease agreement with Air Canada to provide service in Orange County. It will the be the first international flights at the airport. The number of flights and destinations have not been announced.
LA TimesJanuary 15, 2009 Aircraft mishaps involving birds run in hundreds A federal safety board has investigated 130 incidents in the last 30 years in which birds become tangled with plane engines. One incident caused a scare at John Wayne Airport in 1997
Airlines have reported hundreds of incidents where birds tangled with aircraft in the last 30 years, particularly around airports located near bodies of water.
In the last three decades, 130 such mishaps were investigated by an independent federal safety board. Many involved hundreds of shellshocked survivors, some of whom recounted hearing a loud bang -- like a firecracker -- as the jets ascended in the sky, followed by a fire in the engine that had sucked in the bird.
One such incident occurred at Orange County's John Wayne Airport in November 1997, when a Northwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a bird flew into the Airbus A320's engine. All 103 passengers and crew aboard Flight 208 were uninjured, but they described a harrowing half-hour ride as the crippled plane circled over what was then the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to burn excess fuel before landing at the Santa Ana airport amid a phalanx of firefighters, airport security and other personnel.
To guard against debris being sucked into aircraft engines, many airports have sophisticated surveillance operations that involve dozens of staff patrolling runways and taxiways 24 hours a day.
At Los Angeles International Airport, several dozen employees keep an eye out for debris on the airfield. The airport also works with wildlife biologists to ensure that vegetation it plants on the seaside facility's 3,500 acres doesn't attract birds and other wildlife that could get in an aircraft's way.
John Wayne Airport to run with expansion plan The
Orange County airport is undertaking a $652-million project that
includes a new passenger terminal and a parking structure with at least
2,000 spaces. Not everyone, however, is on board.
“I think it’s just kind of an interesting
idea. I don’t expect that
actually might happen, but I think it would be an interesting
proposition. If Newport Beach owned that land, they would have complete
control as far as development goes.”
Melinda Seely, AirFair’s president.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Activists Want Golf Course AirFair says purchasing the back nine would help the cash-strapped county
By Brianna Bailey
airport activist group AirFair is calling on Orange County to sell the
back nine holes of the Newport Beach Golf Course, but city and county
officials say the idea is not exactly a gimme.
The owner and
operator of the golf course has been on a month-to-month lease with the
county for the back nine holes since its long-term lease expired last
year. Local golfers and airport watchers have long worried county
officials would allow the land to be turned into a parking lot for John
Airport activists have raised the issue of
purchasing or annexing the land recently as a way to keep the grass on
the back nine green and make some money. Orange County is facing an
$84-million budget gap next year.
“I think it’s just kind of an
interesting idea,” said Melinda Seely, AirFair’s president. “I don’t
expect that actually might happen, but I think it would be an
interesting proposition. If Newport Beach owned that land, they would
have complete control as far as development goes.”
Methods detailed for curbing John Wayne Airport noise
New report recommends different flight paths, state-of-the-art planes, to bring relief to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach residents
By JEFF OVERLEY
Slight changes to the paths that departing planes travel are among several options a new report says could spare residents from the roar of jets at John Wayne Airport.
The study by a Newport Beach-commissioned consultant suggests that neighborhoods in and around Costa Mesa's Eastside and Newport Beach's Eastbluff neighborhood would be quieter if airplanes followed a narrower path along the Back Bay. READ MORE