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Orange County John Wayne Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Orange County Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I don't think many people spend the night at John Wayne airport, so it's not really set up with stragglers in mind. - flute

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at John Wayne Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small, user-friendly airport consisting of three terminals (Terminals A, B and C) and a main passenger terminal area.
  • After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and buy your food and drinks before the concessions close.
  • The airport provides free WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.
  • The airport is not the most comfortable for overnighters, but there are a few hard wooden benches in the terminal. Have a travel mattress, pillow and blanket handy for some added comfort, whether you sleep on a bench or on the floor.
  • On the Upper Level (Departures), look between the two ticketing areas for a dark and slightly secluded horseshoe-shaped alcove. Hidden behind a giant American flag are two curved wooden benches.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

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Orange County John Wayne Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal A, Airside, Mezzanine level, adjacent to Gate 8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal B, Airside, across from Gate 9. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

Military Lounge

USO - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: TV Lounge, Snacks. Location: Terminal B, Arrival Level (lower) next to Baggage Carrousel 4. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at John Wayne Airport. Connect to the "JWAFREEWIFI" network.

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Airport Hotels