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Southern California’s Ontario International Airport to name international terminal after Sen. Feinstein

Posted on: Thu, 08/25/2022 - 09:38

Dianne Feinstein International Terminal to recognize Senator’s efforts in returning ownership of ONT to local authority

(Ontario, California – August 25, 2022) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) will honor a major influencer in the airport’s return to local ownership by naming its international terminal after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the official naming of both its current Federal Inspection Station (FIS) facility and future terminal the Dianne Feinstein International Terminal. A formal dedication for the new name will take place this fall.

The new name will remain after a new international terminal is constructed. Plans for that facility are under development.

“We are honored to dedicate the current and future international facilities to Sen. Feinstein, whose years of support and advocacy were so critical in ONT’s return to local ownership. She understood the importance of this airport not only to this community, but to air travel across Southern California and beyond. We are grateful for her work in bringing all sides together to ensure that Ontario International be returned to the community and region it serves,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board and Mayor pro Tem for the City of Ontario. “With her many years of service to our country, this is a very deserving honor.”

Said Sen. Feinstein: “I was so proud to play a role in the expansion of Ontario International Airport, and I’m so pleased to watch ONT continue to grow its footprint in the region. I recall flying into Ontario every month when I served on the California Women's Board of Terms and Parole in the 1960s. Back then, ONT was just a regional airstrip, but today Ontario is a major international airport and an economic engine, and I’m honored to have helped spark that evolution.”

Sen. Feinstein helped bring together leaders from the Inland Empire and Los Angeles following local concerns over a sharp decline in flights at ONT while under the jurisdiction of Los Angeles World Airports. In 2015, an agreement was reached to transfer ownership back to Ontario, and it was Sen. Feinstein who would later introduce legislation allowing that transfer to happen.

Since ONT’s official return to local ownership on November 1, 2016, the airport has become one of the aviation industry’s great success stories. In the first three years, passenger volumes increased 33%, and over the past five months, have exceeded pre-pandemic levels. New destinations since 2016 include Tawain, El Salvador, Honolulu, Charlotte (NC), and Austin (TX), as well as the return of nonstop service to New York/JFK. Among the accolades, the airport has received is the designation of Fastest-Growing Airport in the U.S., four years running, by Global Traveler.

On the cargo side, ONT has emerged as a global supply chain hub and now ranks among the Top 10 freight airports in North America.

 

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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 24 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).