May 2, 2014 Contact: Jenny Wedge
(949) 252-5182 (office)


Launch of new program coincides with Travel & Tourism Week

SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) announces "JWA CONNECTS" a new program to demonstrate how the Airport connects with the community, commerce and conservation efforts. The initiative is being launched at the start of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) which runs from May 3 to 11, 2014. Created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1983, NTTW highlights the important benefits of travel and tourism.

The JWA CONNECTS program (#JWACONNECTS is also being used in media) seeks to inform the public of the many ways the Airport connects and benefits individuals, business and the environment in Orange County and Southern California.

"We very much appreciate the vibrant, economically healthy community in which we operate," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. "This program will help express our commitment to connecting this great community with travel and tourism and highlight the value JWA brings to Orange County and the surrounding region."

JWA CONNECTS people with many services that enrich the community. From college students and members of the armed services in need of a safe, convenient route home, to volunteers who offer assistance and provide tours in the Riley Terminal, to exhibition programs that feature local arts and culture, John Wayne Airport provides a connection to Orange County's community.

JWA CONNECTS not only business and leisure travelers with a convenient gateway to over 20 nonstop destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Airport also connects thousands of people with jobs. From on-airport services, to off-airport business and tourism, John Wayne Airport is an economic engine creating 43,000 jobs and contributing $6 billion annually to the regional economy.

JWA adheres to best practices in environmental responsibility and has been an industry leader in implementing policies that provide both sustainability and cost effectiveness. From water conservation and recycling programs, to alternative fuel taxis, to the construction of a central utility plant built to reduce the Airport's carbon footprint and generate its own electricity, JWA CONNECTS with conservation initiatives that limit the Airport's impact on the environment.

The community, travelers and visitors alike are encouraged to share photos demonstrating how JWA connects them to the important things in their lives by posting a photo or commenting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #JWAConnects. Visit to learn more.
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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves more than nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada. More information can be found at or at or on

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