Slightly more passengers flew into and out of John Wayne Airport this July than last, according to numbers released Tuesday.
The airport served 834,328 people in July 2013, a 2.2% increase over the previous July, when 816,536 people were served.
Still, fewer aircraft takeoffs and landings were reported last month. More than 21,800 aircraft operations occurred this July, a 1% decrease over the same month in 2012.
Some of this decrease can be attributed to a decline in the number of commuter flights, which are commercial flights involving aircraft that seat no more than 70 people, and a decline in the number of private aircraft flights. These categories saw decreases of 32.7% and 1.8%, respectively.
More than 5.3 million travelers have passed through the airport this year.
[For the record, 9:34 a.m. Aug. 29: An earlier version of this story should have said private aircraft flights were down by 1.8% when compared to last July, not 42.8%, based on updated data that John Wayne Airport released Wednesday. Additionally, total aircraft operations in July 2013 were more than 21,800, which was only a 1% decrease over the same month in 2012, not 28.3%.]
— Emily Foxhall