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Ontario Airport Updates

Ontario International Airport adds to customer-friendly experience with new Car Park Lot 6

$15 daily rate will set positive tone for holiday travel

(Ontario, California – November 21, 2022) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) officials announced the opening of a new reduced-rate parking venue just in time for the year-end holiday season.

Customers can take advantage of the $15 daily rate in Lot 6, located immediately east within walking distance of Terminal 4 and across the roadway from Lot 5. The new lot adds 1,337 spaces to ONT’s parking capacity.

Complimentary shuttle service is provided to passenger terminals including the international arrivals terminal.

“We’ve been preparing for a busy holiday season, and this additional parking capacity is arriving at just the right time. We’re also confident the competitive pricing for on-airport parking will resonate with our customers as we continue to expand our operations and provide more flights and destinations,” said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority.

Motorists are urged to pre-book contactless parking at flyontario.com for additional savings.

Airport officials said the opening of Lot 6 should ensure sufficient parking availability throughout the busy holiday travel period and beyond. Ontario International passenger volumes surpassed pre-pandemic levels for eight straight months and the better-than-2019 numbers are expected into the New Year.

About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which offers nonstop commercial jet service to more than two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).



Ontario International Airport Thanksgiving travel volume to exceed pre-pandemic numbers

(Ontario, California – November 17, 2022) – Nearly 190,000 airline passengers will travel through Ontario International Airport (ONT) over the Thanksgiving holiday, 3.7% more than pre-pandemic 2019, officials announced.

Based on published airline schedules, airport executives estimate 189,743 passengers will fly into and out of ONT during the 11-day holiday travel period from Friday, November 18, through Monday, November 28. The busiest days will be Wednesday, November 23, and Sunday, November 27, when more than 19,500 air travelers are expected.

Airlines operating at the Southern California gateway are offering more than 229,000 seats, 6.8% more than the Thanksgiving holiday period in 2019. It is anticipated that an average of 83% of those seats will be filled. ONT offers daily nonstops to major destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Asia, along with easy one-stops to virtually anywhere else. The most popular out-of-state destinations this holiday season include Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle.

“We are enormously grateful that air travelers are returning to our terminals at such a robust pace, said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer for the Ontario International Airport Authority. “Ontario International has surpassed pre-pandemic passenger volumes for the past eight months and we look forward to greeting greater numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday and providing our hallmark hassle-free customer experience.”

Travelers and other guests will notice new and enhanced amenities and services at ONT this holiday season including:

  • ONT+ which is a free service that enables the non-traveling public to greet family and friends at the gate or spend more time with them as they prepare to depart;
  • CLEAR expedited security lanes;
  • Aspire premium lounges in both terminals; and
  • Delicious food and beverage options accessible via mobile ordering from terminal gate areas.

During the busy holiday travel periods, travelers are urged to pre-book discount contactless parking at flyontario.com for the quickest curb-to-gate experience. Driving directions, terminal locations and other information are available on ONT’s radio station at 620 on the AM dial and online.

Motorists picking up passengers are urged to avoid circling the terminal loop road by parking in the cell phone waiting lot free for up to an hour at 3350 John Bangs Drive.

Ontario International drew more than 540,000 passengers in October, the highest number in a single month since local authorities assumed ownership of the airport in 2016. An economic analysis conducted by Oxford Economics and released earlier this month showed ONT generates $3.8 billion in economic activity annually, while supporting nearly 28,000 jobs in the region.  

About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which offers nonstop commercial jet service to more than two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).



Ontario International Airport passenger volume reached single-month high in October

Southern California gateway recorded eighth straight month of better than pre-pandemic numbers

(Ontario, California – November 14, 2022) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) welcomed more than 541,000 airline passengers in October – the highest total in a single month since its 2016 transfer to local ownership – and extended its run of better than pre-pandemic levels, airport officials announced.

The Southern California gateway posted a 7.3% increase in total air travelers in October compared with October 2019, the eighth consecutive month in which the number of air travelers was higher than before the pandemic and the sixth straight month above 500,000 passengers. Year over year, ONT’s October total grew by 9.5%, with increases in domestic and international passengers of 9.2% and 20%, respectively.

Through the first 10 months of the year, ONT served 4.75 million passengers, 4% more than the same period in 2019 and 33.7% higher than last year.

"Air travelers and our airline partners continued to show tremendous confidence in Ontario International in October, as our airport recorded the highest number of passengers in a single month since we took ownership six years ago," said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners and Mayor pro Tem of the City of Ontario. “Ontario is consistently exceeding pre-pandemic passenger volumes, which is a clear reflection of our airport’s robust recovery and the unyielding faith of air travelers in our ability to provide the hallmark hassle-free customer experience they expect.”


Passenger Totals Oct 2022 Oct 2019 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2019 Change
Domestic 526,004 480,318 9.51% 4,598,717 4,319,183 6.5%
International 15,726 24,232 -35.10% 152,529 248,121 -38.5%
Total 541,730 504,550 7.37% 4,751,246 4,567,304 4.0%

Passenger Totals Oct 2022 Oct 2021 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2021 Change
Domestic 526,004 481,635 9.21% 4,598,717 3,461,661 32.8%
International 15,726 13,092 20.12% 152,529 92,278 65.3%
Total 541,730 494.727 9.5% 4,751,246 3,553,939 33.7%

Air cargo shipments totaled more than 68,500 tons in October, a nearly 1% gain compared with October 2019. From January through October, ONT’s shipments of freight and mail were more than 687,000 tons, nearly 10% greater than the same period in 2019.

“Ontario International plays critical role in one of the world’s most robust supply chain hubs, creating jobs and economic opportunities across the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California,” said Atif Elkadi, OIAA chief executive officer.

Elkadi pointed to a newly released study by Oxford Economics which showed Ontario International generating $3.8 billion in annual economic activity, supporting 27,800 jobs and serving as the hub of a logistics network that produces $17.8 billion in economic output.


Air cargo (tonnage) Oct 2022 Oct 2019 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2019 Change
Freight 64,449 66,436 -2.99% 642,003 605,498 6.0%
Mail 4,134 1,557 165,44% 45,193 19,778 128.5%
Total 68,583 67,994 0.87% 687,196 625.276 9.9%

Air cargo (tonnage) Oct 2022 Oct 2019 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2019 Change
Freight 64,449 67,862 -5.03% 642,003 677,814 -5.3%
Mail 4,134 5,039 -17.96% 45,193 39,465 14.5%
Total 68,583 72,901 -5.92% 687,196 717,279 -4.2%

About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which offers nonstop commercial jet service to more than two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).



Ontario International Airport wins industry acclaim for brand and marketing communications

(Ontario, California – November 3, 2022) – Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) continues to turn heads in the aviation industry, winning international acclaim for its brand and marketing communications.

Airports Council International-North America, which represents some 300 airports operating in the United States and Canada, recognized ONT in two categories during its 2022 Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience Awards program.

The Inland Empire airport, which is experiencing a faster pandemic recovery than most U.S. airports, won the sole recognition for Brand Identity communications. According to ACI, Ontario International “best demonstrates the visible elements of an airport’s brand that together identify and distinguish the brand in the minds of airport passengers.”

Ontario also earned the top honor for Marketing Programs among medium-size airports, which ACI says “help define an airport’s product or service and create a strategy for communicating the message that will produce growth.”

“The ONT leadership and staff are dedicated to creating a dynamic international aviation gateway for Southern California and delivering a customer service experience that is second to none in the marketplace,” said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).

Ontario International has surpassed pre-pandemic passenger volumes in seven months this year and is on pace to welcome nearly six million air travelers in 2022, the most since 2008.

Ontario International is one of just three California airports to earn ACI-NA honors. Long Beach Airport and Oakland International Airport won in the Digital Advertising and Newsletter categories, respectively.

“It is a tremendous honor to be singled out among hundreds of airports in North America for our tireless efforts to develop an identity that appeals to airline passengers and serves as the linchpin in our multi-faceted initiatives to promote growth in a highly competitive aviation environment,” said Eren Cello, ONT’s director of marketing and communications.

About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which offers nonstop commercial jet service to more than two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).



Economic impact of Ontario International Airport is felt across the region, new study shows

Economic impact report was released during State of the Airport event, celebrating ONT’s sixth anniversary under local ownership

(Ontario, California – November 1st, 2022) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) is an economic engine for Southern California, generating $3.8 billion a year in activity, supporting 27,800 jobs and serving as the hub of a global logistics network that produces $17.8 billion in economic output, a new study shows.

The analysis, by Oxford Economics, was released Tuesday as more than 300 Inland Empire officials, industry executives and friends of ONT celebrated the aviation gateway’s sixth anniversary under local ownership. The State of the Airport event showcased Ontario’s impressive expansion of flights, destinations and customer amenities over the past six years, its emergence as one of the Top 10 cargo airports in North America and its role as an economic driver across the IE and Southern California.

“As we believed on this day six years ago, Ontario International is more than an airport. It is the heart of one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the U.S., providing a foundation for solid economic growth for years to come. And it is the public treasure we envisioned for the City of Ontario and San Bernardino County,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners and Mayor pro Tem of the City of Ontario.

The Oxford Economics study incorporated nearly a year’s worth of research, concluding that the overall impact of economic activity at ONT – from airport operations, airlines and their suppliers, government workers, airport concessions and logistics companies – totals $3.8 billion as of 2022. This includes $2.7 billion in visitor spending, Oxford reported.

“Ontario International Airport plays an integral role in the economy of the Southern California region, specifically in and around the Inland Empire,” the report stated, adding that ONT’s economic impact includes $2.2 billion in regional gross domestic product (GDP), which supports 27,800 jobs and results in $571 million a year in local, state and federal taxes.

Oxford also looked at ONT’s role a supply chain hub, analyzing logistics activity in the eight zip codes adjacent to the airport. The results placed Ontario International at the center of a global network that accounts for $17.8 billion in economic output, $9.9 billion of GDP, 122,200 jobs and $2.3 billion in local, state and federal taxes.

“The economic impact of Ontario International Airport is felt across the region and around the world. We’re excited to be able to share our story with the communities and shareholders we serve, and look forward to building on our position as the gateway of choice for millions of Southern Californians,” said OIAA CEO Atif Elkadi.

Since ONT’s return to local ownership on November 1, 2016, passenger volumes have increased by nearly 33%, despite the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on global air travel. This year’s passenger totals are expected to reach 5.8 million, the highest level since 2008. Ontario’s 11 domestic and international airlines in November 2022 offer 479 weekly departures and more than 75,000 airline seats to more than two dozen popular nonstop destinations. That’s an increase of 18.9% in departures and 43.4% in seats since 2016.

In recent years, ONT’s cargo facilities have experienced double-digit increases in commercial freight shipments as demand for consumer goods, household supplies and other daily necessities skyrocketed among consumers. Shipments of commercial freight and mail total approximately 75 tons a month, 57% more than 2016.

“The Inland Empire is home to one of the most important supply chain networks in the world, and Ontario International is at the heart of that,” said Curt Hagman, OIAA Commissioner and Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The State of the Airport event also featured an engaging fireside chat with Barry L. Biffle, chief executive officer of Frontier Airlines, a five-year ONT tenant which operates 45 flights a week to six U.S. destinations. The discussion was led by award-winning author Scott McCartney, Travel Editor Emeritus of The Wall Street Journal and writer of the Journal’s popular “Middle Seat” column which was a must-read for travel enthusiasts for two decades.

McCartney and Biffle discussed the airline industry’s pandemic recovery, the future of global air travel and the Frontier’s plans for air travel from ONT.

About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which offers nonstop commercial jet service to more than two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).