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Ontario Airport Updates

Ontario International Airport, Discover Inland Empire welcome the world to SoCal’s hottest travel destination

(Ontario, California – January 30, 2023) – Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) is welcoming global travelers to the attractions, amenities and hidden wonders of the Inland Empire, through a unique partnership with Discover Inland Empire.

The new Discover IE Center will provide travelers arriving through ONT’s International Terminal with information about popular destinations across the two-county region. The center will showcase legendary resorts, natural beauty, historical landmarks, recreational amenities, festive experiences and events that have made the Inland Empire one of California’s most sought-after places to visit and enjoy. Local businesses also could benefit from ONT's support of IE’s successful tourism development efforts, which is a win-win for the entire region.

In addition to its more than two dozen domestic destinations, ONT offers direct service to Asia and Latin America and welcomed nearly 200,000 international passengers in 2022. Expanding overseas travel is a major part of the airport’s future, with plans being developed for a new international terminal. Recently, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners approved naming both the existing and the future international terminals in honor of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who was instrumental in the airport’s return to local ownership six years ago.

“The Inland Empire has emerged as a global economic hub, and we see a tremendous opportunity to help introduce a growing number of international visitors to the wonderful assets our region has to offer. This partnership is a step in that direction,” said Atif Elkadi, OIAA chief executive officer.

“Our highly anticipated partnership with ONT truly is a monumental tourism milestone for the Inland Empire and California. The partnership aligns our efforts to bring a broader global audience to the region and allows them to experience the boundless mountains, deserts, wineries, and more. The Inland Empire story begins here at ONT.” said Freddy Bi, Discover Inland Empire’s President and CEO.

The partnership is the latest success from ONT's recently launched in-house advertising and partnership program, which saw revenues double to $1.7 million over an 18-month period after the OIAA Board approved an agreement with Fuse Advancement LLC to help implement the revamped advertising and sponsorship sales model.

“Partnerships with organizations such as Discover Inland Empire transcend beyond the traditional advertising model and offer us the opportunity to showcase this dynamic region that ONT is so much a part of,” said Scott Jacobson, Fuse’s founder and chief executive officer.

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).

About Discover Inland Empire Established in 1988, Discover Inland Empire is the official destination marketing organization for California’s San Bernardino County and Riverside County, the most diverse destination in the United States. A 501(c)(6) not-for-profit global marketing organization dedicated to promoting overnight stays to the international and large-scale event sectors which will create a sustainable tourism economy within the Inland Empire. Discover Inland Empire is recognized by the State as the destination marketing organization for the Inland Empire region. More information is available at www.DiscoverIE.com. Follow @nowDiscoverIE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter



Ontario International Airport eyes new terminal

(Ontario, California – January 25, 2023) – When the pandemic grounded flights, Ontario International Airport suffered along with airlines and airports nationwide. But there was a silver lining. One of the 10 largest processors of cargo in North America saw a 20% bump in traffic as homebound shoppers turned to online retail.



Ontario International Airport outperformed pre-pandemic levels with 5.7 million passengers last year, most since 2008

Cargo tonnage also grew as the Southern California airport fortified its role as a global supply chain hub and economic driver

(Ontario, California – January 12, 2023) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) welcomed more than 5.7 million airline travelers in 2022, outpacing pre-pandemic 2019 by 2.8% as the popular Southern California gateway recorded its highest passenger volume since 2008.

At the same time, shipments of air cargo outpaced 2019 volume by nearly 9%, maintaining ONT’s position as a major commerce and logistics hub.

“We experienced great demand for air travel through Ontario International in 2022 with passenger levels exceeding pre-pandemic levels for the entire calendar year,” said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “Our airline partners restored air services suspended because of the pandemic while adding new routes and increased flight frequencies to popular destinations, and passengers showed their preference for our hallmark customer-friendly experience.”

Ontario’s 2022 passenger volume was 27.6% greater than the 2021 total of 4.5 million and was the highest since 2008, when 6.2 million passenger flew into or out of the airport. Since ONT’s return to local control in 2016, passenger volumes are up nearly 36%.

Ontario also ranks among the fastest recovering airports in the U.S. after the severe disruption in global air travel during the early months of the pandemic.

That growth is expected to continue into the new year. Based on current airline schedules, ONT will have 6.7% more flights and 12.3% more available seats in the first quarter compared with the same period last year.


Passenger Totals Dec 2022 Dec 2019 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2019 Change
Domestic 454,457 485,086 -6.31% 5,544,921 5,279,722 5.0%
International 22,845 29,703 -23.09% 195,672 304,010 -35.6%
Total 477,302 514,789 -7.28% 5,740,593 5,583,732 2.8%

Passenger Totals Dec 2022 Dec 2021 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2021 Change
Domestic 454,457 450,327 0.92% 5,544,921 4,377,255 26.7%
International 22,845 16,824 35.79% 195,672 123,373 58.6%
Total 477,301 467,151 2.17% 5,740,593 4,500,628 27.6%

Meanwhile, Ontario International has fortified its role as a global air cargo center. For the year, freight and mail that moved through ONT totaled more than 850,000 tons, 8.9% higher than 2019 when the airport handled almost 782,000 tons of cargo.

Ontario ranks among the 10 largest cargo airports in North America, and according to a recent analysis by Oxford Economics, serves as the hub of a global supply chain network that generates $17.8 billion in economic activity.


Air cargo (tonnage) Dec 2022 Dec 2019 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2019 Change
Freight 84,578 88,228 -4.14% 796,955 760,045 4.9%
Mail 5,468 832 557.62% 54,969 21,948 150.5%
Total 90,046 89,060 1.11% 851,924 781,993 8.9%

Air cargo (tonnage) Dec 2022 Dec 2021 Change YTD 2022 YTD 2021 Change
Freight 84,578 94,046 -10.07% 796,955 842,211 -5.4%
Mail 5,468 5,459 0.17% 54,969 50,428 9.0%
Total 90,046 99,505 -9.51% 851,924 892,639 -4.6%

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).



Wapner named to ACI-NA U.S. Policy Council

(Ontario, California – January 12, 2023) –Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, has been elected to a national leadership role for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial airports in the United States and Canada.

Wapner, a City Council Member at the City of Ontario, will serve on ACI-NA’s U.S. Policy Council, joining five other new appointees from across the country. The U.S. Policy Council works to ensure that airport officials across the country have the latest information on – and a voice in – regulatory and industry issues impacting the industry. 

“It is an honor to work alongside some of the top airport officials in the U.S. in navigating the challenges and opportunities facing our industry and air travel generally,” said Wapner, who also serves as chair of ACI’s Commissioners Committee.

Wapner has served as president of OIAA’s Board of Commissioners since before Ontario International’s return to local ownership in November 2016. In that time, Ontario has become one of the industry’s great success stories, and in 2022, was part of an elite group of airports that exceeded full-year pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

In addition to serving as OIAA president and a member of the Ontario City Council, Wapner is a past president of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and the Southern California Association of Governments, and past chair of the Omnitrans Board of Directors. He also is a board member for Metrolink and the Metro Foothill Gold Line Extension Construction Authority.

“For the last 75 years, ACI-NA has forged a solid reputation for success because of the volunteer leaders who contribute their time, talent, and energy to help lead us in times of change or challenge,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director for the Kelowna International Airport and Chair of the ACI-NA Board of Directors. “I am confident these new leaders will carry on that tradition in this moment as we continue to focus on resiliency and innovation. I look forward to working alongside these passionate industry leaders to advance key North American airport priorities in 2023 and beyond.”

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).