This is where I always love to fly out of. Having lived in Orange County for six years, I've always hated the long drive to Los Angeles for a flight through LAX. It's a long trip, horrible lines, and flights that are never on time. When I discovered John Wayne Airport on the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised. It's minutes away from where I currently live, and it's not half as crowded as LAX. On my first visit I got there two hours before my flight, and I was checked, through security, and waiting for my flight a half hour later. I guess it depends on the time of year that you are flying, but this airport is always less crowded than LAX. If you are willing to pay the extra money, definitely pick this airport over LAX. Highly recommmended.