ONTARIO, Calif., March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ontario International Airport (ONT) recorded double-digit increases in traffic volumes for the second consecutive month, with passenger levels up more than 10% and freight tonnage nearly 20% higher in February.

February continued ONT's double-digit passenger and freight traffic increases.

Passengers totaled 353,883 in February, 10.2% higher than February 2017 when ONT welcomed 321,267 customers. Cargo continued to grow at a nearly 20% rate with freight shipments up 19.8%, while mail shipments increased 2.6% compared with the same month a year ago.

“The sustained year-over-year growth reflects not only our capacity to handle more customers and cargo but our strong ability to provide the services and amenities passengers demand and the hassle-free experience they deserve,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority.

“That ONT continued to grow and succeed in February bodes well as we prepare to take on our next role as Southern California’s new gateway to Asia later this month.”

China Airlines will launch daily trans-oceanic service between Taiwan and Ontario on March 25. After initially planning to service the route four days a week, China Airlines increased flight frequency to seven days a week as customer demand exceeded expectations.

For January and February combined, passenger and cargo volumes were higher by 10.4% and 20.7%, respectively, over the first two months of 2017.

Feb. 2018

Feb. 2017

% Change

YTD 2018

YTD 2017

% Change

Passenger Traffic

Domestic

346,877

313,789

10.5%

709,112

639,661

10.9%

International

7,006

7,478

-6.3%

19,748

20,689

-4.5%

Total

353,883

321,267

10.2%

728,860

660,350

10.4%

Air Cargo (Tons)

Freight

50,449

42,108

19.8%

105,503

86,916

21.4%

Mail

2,182

2,125

2.6%

4,399

4,134

6.4%

Total

52,631

44,234

19.0%

109,902

91,050

20.7%

About Ontario International Airport
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 19 major airports in the U.S. and Mexico, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 66 daily departures offered by 8 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 Mayor Pro-Tem 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).

News Media Contacts:

Atif Elkadi, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs, (909) 544-5432 aelkadi@flyontario.com

Steve Lambert, (909) 841-7527 slambert@flyontario.com

 

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