John Wayne Airport reported more passengers flying on fewer commercial flights in December, the fourth straight month of airlines flying fuller planes.
The airport served about 803,500 passengers in December, about a 2% increase compared with a year earlier, when slightly more than 789,000 fliers passed through John Wayne’s gates.
Commercial aircraft operations decreased about 2% year-over-year from 6,533 takeoffs and landings last year to 6,422 in December 2014.
General aviation declined in December by 1.5%, or some 180 takeoffs and landings—though the category is up by more than 23,000 for the full year, or 14.4%, to more than 187,000 takeoffs and landings,
International passenger counts were down 40% year-over-year to about 20,650 in December and down 27% for the full year to about 277,000, a result of the airport’s losing InterJet’s service to Mexico last summer.
The three most-active airlines in December were Southwest with about 347,000 passengers, American with about 115,000, and United with about 111,000.
For all of 2014, Southwest served 3.97 million passengers, United 1.33 million, and American 1.26 million.