ONT experiences longest period of sustained growth since 2007
Passenger levels at Ontario International Airport (ONT) rose again in September, continuing a trend of steady increases as more business and leisure travelers
see the airport as a viable alternative for air travel in Southern California. The September figures represent the 13th straight month of growth, the longest period of
consecutive months of higher passenger volumes at ONT since 2007.
Ontario welcomed 369,156 passengers in September, an increase of 5.64 percent over September 2016. From January through September, 3,321,190 air travelers passed
through ONT, 6.86 percent more than the same period a year ago.
“Since the transition to local ownership almost a year ago, we’ve worked tirelessly to show domestic and international airlines that they can be successful at ONT,”
said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
“Airlines are becoming more bullish about Ontario and the steady passenger and cargo increases show we are on track in our efforts to transform ONT into a
gateway airport with facilities and amenities that appeal to air travelers.”
Thorpe attributed the strong month-over-month growth to new domestic service added by existing airline tenants during the year, the introduction of larger aircraft
in response to rising demand for service to ONT and a higher percentage of occupied seats across airline routes, as well as the improved national economy.
“Bigger planes and higher percentages of occupied seats reflect increased confidence among airlines and their passengers, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” Thorpe added. “And
we still have plenty of room to grow.”
Thorpe noted that Frontier Airlines, which initiated service at ONT earlier this month, and China Airlines, which will begin flights between Taiwan and ONT in the spring, have
made major air service commitments.
The number of international passengers at ONT declined 7.3 percent in September compared to September 2016, though international volume is higher by 2.7 percent January through September this year.
Meanwhile, freight moved through ONT rose in September, up 11.3 percent over September 2016. For the year, freight tons rose 14.21 percent to 441,754 tons.
About Ontario International Airport (ONT)
Ontario International (ONT) Airport is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport with nonstop commercial jet service to 18 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 64 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.
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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 Council Member Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
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