Santa Ana Airport also named John Wayne Airport, was originally named Orange County Airport. The airport was renamed in 1979 in honor of actor John Wayne, who lived in neighboring Newport Beach and died that year. A statue of John Wayne was installed at the airline terminal in 1982.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 4,584,147 passenger boardings in calendar year 2014. In 2014, John Wayne Airport was the second busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles area (by passenger count) with over 9 million total passengers.