Friday, June 23, 2017
The streak continues: Ontario Airport reports May passenger traffic growth
By Liset Márquez
The Inland Valley (CA) Daily Bulletin
Jessica Lechuga, of Boise, ID., picks up her bag as passengers arrive at the Ontario International Airport in Ontario, CA.,Thursday, May 4, 2017
ONTARIO - Ontario International Airport continues to see more travelers in and out of its twin terminals. In the first five months, traffic has grown 6.3 percent from 1.69 million in 2016 to 1.8 million in 2017.
According to figures released by the Ontario International Airport Authority on Thursday, the medium-hub airport saw a 7.3 percent increase in May 2017 compared with the same month in 2016.
The airport served a total of 390,516 passengers in May compared with 364,063 in May 2016.
Meanwhile, international traffic experienced a 16.6 percent increase, from 10,882 passengers in May 2016 to 12,909 passengers in May 2017.
Dan Adamus, chief marketing officer at ONT, attributed the overall growth to new service from low-cost carrier Volaris, which added a new route May 17.
Adamus said he expects international traffic to continue to grow in June, once there is a full month of reporting on the new Volaris service. It will also be bolstered in July when a Chinese charter flight begins it twice-weekly service.
At the same time, American Airlines will be adding a daily route to Chicago, he added.
Air cargo freight handled increased 24.3 percent from 39,593 tons in May 2016 to 49,231 tons in May 2017. In the first five months of 2017, air cargo freight handled increased 14.6 percent from 2016.
Since the OIAA took control of ONT from Los Angeles World Airports on Nov. 1, passenger numbers have climbed every month.