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Passenger traffic, flights at John Wayne Airport down again in July, just not as much

Airline traffic is slowly inching its way back to normal at John Wayne Airport, where July statistics showed gains compared with the previous few months, but still nothing like the pre-pandemic volume of travelers.

Passenger traffic this July was down 74.7% compared with July 2019, according to airport data released this week. The more than 239,000 travelers who took off from or landed at JWA last month was a notable bump from the roughly 181,000 people who passed through the airport in May – and a vast improvement since April, when a little more than 25,000 travelers used the airport.

Aircraft operations, which include takeoffs and landings by private jets and hobby planes as well as commercial airlines, also are showing a steady increase since a precipitous drop that began in mid-March. Airport data shows total operations have climbed from 13,085 in April to 23,694 last month.

Airport officials recently said they hope to finish 2020 with at least 50% of last year’s passenger traffic, which totaled 10.6 million travelers. To help people feel safe and to lure them back, the airport stepped up its cleaning regimen, added hand sanitizer dispensers and made masks mandatory, and is offering some no-contact services such as a baggage check kiosk and food and drink orders from your smartphone.

Source: Orange County Register

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