Traveling via John Wayne Airport
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I fly around the country fairly often and since I live less than 10 minutes from John Wayne Airport I fly out of there if at all possible. Since I am pretty familiar with the airport now I thought I would share a few tips if you plan on taking a flight out of there.
Arrive on time
The worst possible time to have flight is a 7am scheduled flight. John Wayne Airport closes from 11pm until 7am so there are tons of flights queued up at 7am to depart. This also means the security lines are at their worst. Since the airport has now installed the full body scanners, getting through security takes a little longer. If you have a 7am flight, plan to be at the airport at LEAST 90 minutes early and two hours is a safer bet. There are lots of food choices there now so the food lines are shorter and quicker than before.
Most other flights are much better, but even the 8am flights will have very short security lines. I feel pretty safe showing up 45 minutes before a flight.
Keep in mind that your flight time is the expected take off time and boarding will about 20 minutes prior to the take off time.
Unfortunately there is still no Cinnabon but there are now several bars, McDonalds, Carl’s Jr, Jerrys Hotdogs, Subway, Paid Weiss, Starbuck, and several other choices.
I am very disappointed that the brand new C terminal has no power outlets while window seats in some of the older A and B terminals have power outlets behind the seats.
John Wayne Airport is not to bad to fly out of, its not a huge airport, just 20 gates so it’s easy to find your way around as everything is just in one long line. Parking at the airport is a bit pricey at about $30 a day but offsite parking is only $10.
I hope this helps someone to have a better experience here than they would otherwise. Enjoy your flights and safe travels.