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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Published: 11/17/2016

Airports across the country are anticipating a record-setting year-end holiday travel season. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled holiday periods, and passengers traveling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) between Friday, November 18 and Monday, November 28 will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic. JWA travelers can visit www.ocair.com for real-time flight status, parking availability, and road closures and construction activity near the Airport.

This season, JWA has continued its partnership with KeepOCSafe. Together, we encourage travelers to be aware of their surroundings and report questionable objects or activities. A Giant Red Backpack (pictured below) will be on display in the Riley Terminal throughout the holidays to remind passengers and visitors, "If You See Something, Say SomethingTM."

"During this busy holiday season, visitors to John Wayne Airport will experience the same friendly staff, superior guest amenities, and safe and secure environment they rely upon," said Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "Wherever you are travelling to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a safe and enjoyable trip." 

Travel Tips

• All passengers flying out of JWA are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage and go through the security screening checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre?TM can expedite the screening process in Terminals A, B and C.

• Passengers are allowed one small carry-on bag plus one personal item as long as the carry-on bag fits airline dimensions. Check with individual airlines for specifics. For helpful information about the 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags and other travel tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) please visit the TSA website.

• "If You See Something, Say SomethingTM" To report a suspicious object or activity in the Riley Terminal, dial "0" from a White Courtesy Phone to reach an operator, or dial 2-5000 to reach Airport Police Services, or you may notify an Airport employee or a uniformed officer. Guests may also dial 949-252-5200 from a mobile device.
Parking at John Wayne Airport

• Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30 per day, located on the Departure (upper) Level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.

• Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2 per hour and $20 per day, with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers. Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine, for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Riley Terminal every 15 minutes.

• Travelers should plan ahead and visit the Parking Availability section on ocair.com prior to arriving at the Airport or call 949-252-5200 to inquire about real-time parking availability.

Passenger Pick-up/Drop-Off

• Drivers picking up passengers are encouraged to utilize the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or the 2-hour parking spaces, located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C. Access to Terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.

• Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy. Column 14 is also a designated JWA Yellow Cab pick-up location for Terminal C.

• Transportation Network Companies Uber, Lyft and Wingz utilize the color-coded and numbered columns to pick-up passengers curbside on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway.

Other Travel Planning Resources

• There are specific rules and exceptions for passengers traveling with infant care items. Please visit TSA tips for traveling with children for more information.

• International travelers should check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website to ensure they have appropriate travel documentation for visiting the United States. Note: Passengers who are members of the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program can expedite their Customs clearance into the U.S. at John Wayne Airport. Passengers traveling to and from Vancouver, Canada, will clear Customs in Canada.

For more information about John Wayne Airport, visit ocair.com.
                                           

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