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John Wayne Airport Hopes for Smoother Skies Ahead as it Reports Plunging Traffic

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John Wayne Airport Hopes for Smoother Skies Ahead as it Reports Plunging Traffic

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Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport plunged nearly 65 percent last year, but despite the pandemic-induced turbulence, the flight hub managed to retain all its employees. “John Wayne Airport is focusing on our budget and making cuts as necessary as our passenger numbers continue to remain low,” airport spokesperson Tricia Landquist told The Epoch Times Jan. 21. “All airport revenues… are down. However, no John Wayne Airport employees are being furloughed or laid off.” The airport in 2019 reported a total of about 10.7 million passengers, compared with about 3.8 million passengers last year. It added up to a 64 percent decrease in travelers. December was no exception to the year’s downward trend. Year-over-year passenger traffic last month decreased by about 74 percent, the airport said. The plunge in passengers has hindered the airport’s revenue sources in all areas. It has lost money on everything from tickets, parking fees and concessions, to ground …

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