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John Wayne Airport continues to feel effects of the coronavirus, reporting a 97% drop in passengers last month to 25,313, following a 63% drop in March.
All flights to and from the airport fell 51% in April to 13,085 with general aviation declining 40% to 11,300 flights and 86% of all flight operations.
Commercial flights in April were down 78% to about 1,646. Commuter flights—scheduled flights on planes with fewer than 70 seats—decreased 71% to 114 flights.
There were zero international passengers last month, compared to more than 18,000 for the year prior. Year-to-date international traffic is down 72% to 17,246.
Percentages underscore general trends: half as many commercial flights with a near-ceasing of passengers coming through John Wayne’s gates means the largest aircraft are far emptier, and general aviation’s take of all operations underscores the commercial sector’s decline: general aviation is usually about two-thirds of all monthly flying.
The three busiest airlines in April by passenger count were Southwest at 9,884; American at 6,880; and Delta with 2,473. Each commonly carries counts in the six figures.
Year-to-date traffic is down 44% to 1.9 million; flights are down 26% for the first four months to 72,202.
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