Friday, 30 November 2018

More passenger and cargo gains at Ontario International Airport in October

Steady gains in passenger and cargo volumes continued in October at Ontario International Airport (ONT), putting the Inland Empire airport on pace to welcome more than 5 million air travellers this year, the highest number in a decade.

Arriving and departing passengers totalled more than 455,000 last month, an increase of nearly 11% from October a year ago when 410,000 air travellers moved through ONT. The number included almost 434,000 domestic passengers, 8.3% higher than October 2017. And the number of international travellers more than doubled from 10,000 last October to more than 21,000.


"Ontario continues to prove itself an appealing alternative for air travel in Southern California since it is largely free of the congestion and restrictions of other local airports," said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). "With strong demand for air service, particularly in the Los Angeles area, airlines and air travellers are recognizing Ontario's ability to deliver a hassle-free, customer-friendly experience."

Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month it will launch service from ONT to San Francisco International Airport with four round trips a day beginning next June. Southwest will also add a third flight to Denver International Airport Monday through Friday. Delta Air Lines recently announced plans for daily service between ONT and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning in April.

Over the first 10 months of the year, more than 4.2 million travellers passed through ONT, a 13% increase from the same period last year. The number of domestic passengers grew by more almost 12% to more than four million while international passenger volume climbed 54% to nearly 180,000.

Ontario last exceeded 5 million annual passengers in 2008 when air travellers totalled more than 6.2 million.

Ontario's air cargo business also continued to grow at a double-digit pace -- more than 14% -- in October to 66,000 tons from 57,700 tons in October last year. From January through October, cargo volume grew to more than 610,000 tons from 520,000 tons over the same 10-month period a year ago, an increase of more than 17%. ONT sits in the heart of the largest outgoing freight market in the United States. According to a recent report by FreightWaves, the Ontario market has surpassed Atlanta for the No. 1 position.




October 2018
October 2017
% Change
YTD 2018
YTD 2017
% Change
Passenger Traffic






Domestic
433,996
400,582
8.3%
4,038,151
3,615,528
11.7%
International
21,276
10,011
112.5%
179,172
116,225
54.1%
Total
455,272
410,593
10.9%
4,217,323
3,731,783
13.0%
Air Cargo (Tons)






Freight
63,498
54,193
17.2%
585,203
495,947
18.0%
Mail
2,679
3,577
-25.1%
25,675
24,802
3.5%
Total
66,177
57,769
14.6%
610,878
520,748
17.3%
From Ontario International Airport 

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