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Party time at Ontario International Airport as Volaris marks 10-year anniversary

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Mexico-based carrier has served more than 900,000 passengers at ONT since 2014

(Ontario, California – April 11, 2024) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) bustled even more than usual Wednesday evening (April 10) as international airline Volaris marked its 10-year anniversary of service between the Southern California gateway and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Music could be heard at the Terminal 2 security checkpoint as Volaris passengers made their way to their departing flight to Guadalajara International Airport (GDL). At Gate 207, they were greeted with complimentary birria tacos, entertainment and festive décor to mark the milestone occasion. A brief ceremony with airport and airline officials included Volaris ticket raffles for lucky travelers prior to boarding.

Mexico City-based Volaris offers daily roundtrip service between ONT and GDL with flight #1860 arriving at Ontario at 10:57 p.m. every evening and flight #1861 departing two hours later at 12:58 a.m. Scheduled flying time is approximately three hours.

In 2023, Volaris had 153,012 Clients, which meant a growth of 31% compared to 2022, with a frequency of 7 flights per week, an average of 30 monthly operations.

Having nearly 60% of its population of Latin origin, this non-stop flight has become a fundamental pillar to strengthen family ties between both sides of the border, since the main segment of clients who fly are VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives.)

“Volaris has been a valued ONT partner for a decade and we are thrilled to join our dear friends in celebrating their success,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority Board of Airport Commissioners.

Added OIAA CEO Atif Elkadi, “Our growing international gateway is an ideal fit for Mexico-based Volaris and we look forward to many more years of successful service for air travelers in the Inland Empire and Guadalajara.”

“We are very excited and pleased about these first 10 years of operations in Ontario, California, we have proudly been the only direct air connection between the communities of this region of the southern United States and Guadalajara, one of the most important touristic and economic destinations in Mexico. The connectivity that Volaris offers with this route has allowed us to transport more than 900,000 clients in these 10 years and has been crucial to strengthening fraternal and commercial ties between both regions, providing high quality air services at the most competitive prices, for the benefit of our customers on both sides of the border,” said Enrique Beltranena, President and CEO of Volaris.

The Inland Empire is now the twelfth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., ahead of San Francisco, and the Guadalajara metropolitan area is the third largest in Mexico.

Volaris first offered one flight, two days a week between ONT and GDL before expanding to year-round daily service in 2018.


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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 which offers nonstop commercial jet service to two dozen major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. More information is available at Follow @flyONT on FacebookX (formerly 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 leaders include Ontario City Council Member 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).