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Ontario Airport Updates - April 2019



Ontario International Airport passenger numbers up 5.2% in March and 4.6% in first quarter of 2019

(Ontario, California – April 18, 2019) – The number of airline passengers who traveled through Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) increased by more than 5% last month compared to March last year, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) announced. Overall, passenger numbers grew from 415,000 in March 2018 to 436,701 last month.

The number of domestic travelers increased by 2% to 412,440 from 404,334 in March last year. Meanwhile, the number of international passengers rose to 24,261 last month, up from 10,665 in March 2018, an increase of 127.5%.

In the first three months of 2019, nearly 1.2 million air travelers passed through ONT, an increase of 4.6% over the same period a year ago. The number of international travelers rose by nearly 135% while domestic passenger volume grew by 1%.

“Ontario customers continue to reward us with their business month after month,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the OIAA. “Their acknowledgment that Ontario is growing into a viable international aviation gateway for Southern California drives us every day to provide the facilities, services and amenities that they demand, not to mention the hassle-free experiences that they deserve.”

Ontario passenger volumes are expected to rise further in the coming months, Thorpe noted, as Delta Air Lines initiates daily nonstop service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Monday, April 22, with a second roundtrip also to its Atlanta hub beginning in June. In the same month, United Airlines will begin one flight a day to its Texas hub, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, while Southwest Airlines will add new service to San Francisco International Airport with four daily flights. Southwest will add a third daily flight (Monday-Friday) to Denver International Airport, also in June.

Air cargo, meanwhile, was essentially flat in March compared to the same month a year ago, declining less than 1% from 60,200 tons to 59,900 tons. The volume of commercial freight dipped two-tenths of one percent from 57,700 tons to 57,500 tons approximately. Mail shipments decreased by 8.9%. On a year-to-date basis, air cargo shipments grew by almost 1% to more than 171,000 tons compared to the first quarter of 2018.

March 2019 March 2018 % Change YTD 2019 YTD 2018 % Change
Passenger Traffic
Domestic 412,440 404,334 2.0% 1,124,922 1,113,446 1.0%
International 24,261 10,665 127.5% 71,411 30,413 134.8%
Total 436,701 414,999 5.2% 1,196,333 1,143,859 4.6%
Air Cargo (Tons)
Freight 57,582 57,710 -0.2% 164,988 163,212 1.1%
Mail 2,325 2,551 -8.9% 6,738 6,950 -3.1%
Total 59,907 60,261 -0.6% 171,725 170,163 0.9%%
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. 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 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).



Ontario International Airport Authority appoints Tucson executive John Schubert to CFO position

(Ontario, California – April 1, 2019) – The Ontario International Airport Authority today named aviation industry executive John M. Schubert chief financial officer. Schubert, who assumes his responsibilities today, had been senior director of finance for the Tucson Airport Authority for the past decade.

Schubert joined the TAA at a turbulent time in 2008 as the airport was experiencing significant declines in in passenger volume and operating revenues, direct results of the Great Recession. Schubert’s leadership helped to transform the airport organization and culture while at the same time modernizing its technology systems, procedures and policies, positioning the Tucson airport for long-term success.

“We are pleased to welcome John to Ontario after an intensive national search conducted over the past several months,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the OIAA. “John’s varied public and private sector experience, particularly his work in helping guide the TAA through what were very trying times for many U.S. airports, have prepared him well for the opportunities that lie ahead at Ontario.”

“John understands that the flightpath to success for airports like Ontario is to keep costs low while providing first-rate facilities, services and amenities that airlines and air travelers demand. The way to accomplish those objectives is to maximize non-airline revenue. We look forward to utilizing his many talents to build on our work to make Ontario an appealing international gateway for Southern California,” Thorpe added.

During Schubert’s tenure, TAA completed a $40 million apron reconstruction project and $29 million terminal optimization program which included the revitalization of the airport’s retail and dining concessions. He also played a leading role in completing a $33 million direct placement bond to refinance outstanding bond debt with a $4 million net present value savings.

A certified public accountant licensed in Arizona, Schubert’s career spans more than 20 years in financial management, operations and technology sectors. Prior to joining the TAA, Schubert managed audit and consulting services for a variety of nonprofit clients in his work for a Tucson-based certified public accounting firm. Previously, he had been controller of a software development start-up and chief operating officer of two social service agencies with more than 1,000 employees and annual budgets totaling $35 million combined.

A native of Illinois, Schubert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona where he majored in accounting. He maintains memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Association of Airport Executives and Government Finance Officers Association.

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. 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 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).