Airport SNA Outlook Shadows Weather + Travel News
- May 30, 2013
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With hurricanes, and an onslaught of weather related problems, U.S travelers face more delays, higher flight rates and packed commercial aircraft. Forecasts from three different agencies suggest that passengers should arrive at the airport SNA and other international airports at least 90-minutes before a departing flight allowing plenty of time to get through airport security.
Road Obstructions Around Airport SNA
In the County of Orange, California– the Daily Pilot reports that several streets will be closed in Costa Mesa, leading to Orange County John Wayne Airport. These road closures, coupled with the on-going seismic construction around the SNA airport, mean that passengers should allow for more travel time, as congestion is most likely.
Growing Weapons Carry On Attempts
Over the week of May 24, 2013, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seized 65 weapons. This marks TSA officials greatest confiscation rate in history. With more attempts to board flights, security at US airports should remain high.
For the month of June 2013, the ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac‘ predicts drizzly mornings in Orange County. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook forecasts that 13 to 20 different hurricanes maybe be caused by the warmer than average water temperature off of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Hurricanes generally ricochet other storm patterns across the U.S.
Over the last five years, commerce passenger volumes have been growing at an average of 5 percent at airport SNA. At a time when commercial air traffic contracted more than 4 percent year to date. The Orange County John Wayne Airport served almost 9 million passengers in 2012.
According to the U.S. Federal Administration of Aviation (FAA), commercial aviation will be stagnant, following a 4.2 percent decline of 2012. The FAA predicts a 2.2 percent per year growth rate over the next 20 years.
Major commercial carrier American Airlines is doing everything in its power to maximize the bottom line. The company affiliated with the AMR Corporation is even offering early boarding for passengers who travel with a bags small enough to fit underneath their seat. Meanwhile, passengers boarding with luggage requiring space in above head storage bins will be the last to board flights out of airport SNA. Insiders say this will trim boarding by two minutes.