ONTARIO, Calif., July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 2.6 million travelers flew in and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT) in the first half of the year, an increase of 6.5% compared to the first six months of last year.
According to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), more than 2.4 million were domestic passengers while more than 148,000 were international customers, increases of 4.5% and 57%, respectively.
In June, the total number of ONT passengers was more than 477,000, an increase of 9.6% over June a year ago. The number of domestic travelers grew 9.4% to more than 451,000. International passengers increased 12.6% to more than 26,000.
"Ontario airport experienced significant growth in passenger volume during the first six months of the year as airlines initiated new services to major airports in Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco and added flights to existing routes," said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the OIAA.
Air travelers can now reach 21 major domestic and international destinations via nonstop commercial service from ONT.
"Due to the great work of our staff and support of our community, local control is proving successful for ONT," said Alan Wapner, OIAA President. "The growth in commercial service is a reflection of the strong demand for air travel in the Inland Empire and the many steps we have taken to provide facilities, amenities and services that appeal to business and leisure travelers, not to mention the positive, hassle-free customer service experience which distinguishes ONT."
From January through June, cargo volume was up 3.7% to more than 364,000 tons compared to the same period last year. Cargo shipments were essentially flat in June, growing 0.7% over the same month in 2018 to nearly 63,000 tons.
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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 21 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.
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 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).