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More than 5 million passengers flew through Ontario International Airport in 2018

Posted on Tue, 01/22/2019 - 9:40am

Airport has added nearly 900,000 passengers since transition to local control

(Ontario, California – January 17, 2019) – More than 5.1 million airline passengers moved through Ontario International Airport (ONT) in 2018, the highest annual total since 2008. The airport has added nearly 900,000 passengers since its transition to local control in late 2016 when more than 4.2 million flew through ONT.

For calendar year 2018, ONT welcomed 5,115,894 air travelers, an increase of 12.4% over the 2017 total of 4,552,702. Domestic passenger volume grew by 10.8%, while the number of international travelers rose 61.1%.

“The end-of-year numbers are particularly remarkable since the transfer to local control occurred just two years ago and they show that our strategy to develop Ontario into an international gateway is succeeding,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “Our success is rooted in our ability to provide the facilities, services and amenities that air travelers demand and deliver the positive, hassle-free customer experience they deserve.”

In December, ONT welcomed more than 441,000 passengers, 7.4% higher than December 2017. Domestic and international passenger volume grew 5.3% and 61.7%, respectively.

Air cargo likewise continued its robust growth pace in December and for the year. During calendar year 2018, shipments of freight and mail totaled more than 750,000 tons, 14.8% higher than 2017. In December shipments totaled more than 75,000 tons, an increase of nearly 5% over December 2017.

“We owe this sustained growth to our airline partners at China Airlines, Frontier Airlines and JetBlue Airways who have added services during this past year,” said Mark Thorpe, OIAA chief executive officer. “We look forward to continuing increases in 2019 thanks to new services already announced and others we expect to hear about soon.” 

Ontario International Airport was recently named the fastest growing airport in the U.S. by a leading travel publication. Several air carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have already announced new flights from ONT beginning this year. 

 

December 2018

December 2017

% Change

YTD 2018

YTD 2017

% Change

Passenger Traffic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic

416,529

395,568

5.3%

4,888,011

4,411,274

10.8%

International

24,644

15,244

61.7%

227,883

141,428

61.1%

Total

441,173

410,812

7.4%

5,115,894

4,552,702

12.4%

Air Cargo (Tons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freight

74,691

71,408

4.6%

723,016

626,579

15.4%

Mail

1,031

849

21.4%

28,513

27,890

2.2%

Total

75,722

72,258

4.8%

751,529

654,469

14.8%

 

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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 with nonstop commercial jet service to 19 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 67 daily departures offered by nine 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 City Councilmember 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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