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John Wayne Airport gets $4 million federal grant for infrastructure improvements

Orange County’s John Wayne Airport has received a $4 million grant to update airfield signs, navigation aids and runway lighting, the Federal Aviation Administration announced.

The money is part of an $800 million package of safety and infrastructure funding awarded to 347 airports around the country.

It comes in addition to the $10 billion awarded in April to help airports stay afloat amid plunging travel demand wrought by the coronavirus crisis. That go-around, JWA received $45 million in government aid which it has been able to use to avoid layoffs.

JWA lost 97% in passenger travel during April of this year compared to April of 2019 – down about 875,000 passengers.

In May, that low number of people flying did triple to some some 82,000 passengers, but was still off by 90% from a year ago.

JWA estimates it will lose about $30 million in revenue in the 2020 fiscal year due to the outbreak, according to airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson.

Source: Orange County Register

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