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John Wayne Airport


John Wayne AirportJohn Wayne Airport (JWA) is located along the northern boundary of the City of Newport Beach. Residential and commercial uses are located directly below the airport’s primary departure pattern for commercial and general aviation aircraft. Monitoring and mitigating the airport’s operations and related impacts, and attempting to ensure the airport does not expand, will always be top priorities for the City and its residents.

JWA began as a private landing strip in the 1920s. As the population of Orange County and the Southern California region steadily increased over the years, so did the demand for, and nature of, air transportation. JWA now serves nearly 10 million passengers each year, with general aviation, commercial aircraft and private jets sharing its runway, terminal and storage facilities. The airport’s growth has brought a number of adverse impacts - such as noise, traffic and aircraft emissions – that pose significant threats to the quality of life for Newport Beach residents.

In addition, the Newport Beach City Council and a number of Orange County cities (known as the “Corridor Cities”) located along the airport’s arrival and departure corridors have publicly agreed to oppose: 

  • Any expansion of JWA beyond its current physical footprint; 
  • A second commercial runway or the extension of the existing runway; 
  • Any significant reduction in general aviation operations / facilities, which could allow for more commercial aircraft use; and 
  • Any detrimental change to air carrier or general aviation noise ordinances.

Newport Beach believes that the coordinated, collective efforts of local citizen groups, the Corridor Cities, and the County are essential to controlling the adverse impacts of JWA and protecting the quality of life here for this and future generations of residents. There are numerous governmental committees and community groups that meet regularly to discuss and address airport issues, including the City's Aviation Committee.

If you would like more information about the City’s efforts, please contact City Manager Dave Kiff at (949) 644-3001.

Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen Project

The City of Newport Beach is concerned about the impact a proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) project called NextGen will have on this community. With NextGen, the FAA endeavors to improve the safety and efficiency of airspace by optimizing flight paths nationwide. The agency proposes to do so by containing flight paths in narrow tracks. Under this plan, certain Newport Beach neighborhoods could see an increase in the number of flights that go overhead.

Please go to the City Aviation Committee's Special Reports page to view the City of Newport Beach's 23-page letter to the FAA that lists the City's concerns about the NextGen project. You can access the Aviation Committee's meeting minutes and agendas here.

Settlement Agreement Extension

In 1985, the City, County of Orange, the Airport Working Group (AWG), and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) entered into a Settlement Agreement to resolve litigation related to JWA. Over the years, the Settlement Agreement has been amended by the Parties to adjust the terms and protect the interests of our community.

In October 2014, the U.S. District Court signed the stipulation order for the latest JWA settlement agreement extension. This, the agreement’s second extension, was negotiated by the four parties initially involved in the 1985 landmark agreement – the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, Stop Polluting Our Newport, and the Airport Working Group. The approval represented a very important milestone for Newport Beach and all of the corridor cities. If the stipulation was not granted to extend the term of the agreement, many of the protections that residents have come to rely upon could have been eliminated at the end of 2015.

Summary of Negotiated Settlement Terms:

  • Protects the current noise-based curfew through 2035 so that commercial aircraft do not take off before 7a.m. (Monday - Saturday) or before 8 a.m. on Sundays, nor could they depart after 10 p.m. or arrive after 11 p.m. on any day.
  • Allows a moderate increase in the cap on million annual passengers (MAP) starting in 2021, when MAP could go up to 11.8 MAP through 2025.The Project allows MAP to go up again to either 12.2 MAP or 12.5 MAP from 2026 through 2030.
  • Allows an increase in “Class A” flights (generally, the louder commercial flights) from the existing 85 average daily departures (ADDs) to 95 ADDs from 2021 through 2030.

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