November data show continued strong gains in passengers and cargo at Ontario International Airport

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November data show continued strong gains in passengers and cargo at Ontario International Airport

By: Economic Development Agency Staff

Customer totals and cargo tonnage rose 8.5% and 20.8% respectively

UPS Ontario, California

Ontario International Airport (ONT) posted robust gains in both passenger and cargo volumes in November, continuing its run of steady month-over-month increases since its transition to local control a year ago.

The total number of inbound and outbound customers who traveled through ONT last month rose to more than 410,000, an increase of 8.5% over November 2016. For the first 11 months of the year, ONT welcomed 4.1 million customers, 6.8% more than the same period in 2016.

November was the first full calendar month of operations for Frontier Airlines, which initiated service at ONT in mid-October.

Air cargo including freight and mail shipments at ONT continued to show remarkable growth totaling more than 61,000 tons in November, 20.8% higher than the same month in 2016. From January through November this year, cargo volume exceeded 582,000 tons, an increase of 15.5% over the same period last year.

“The confidence index continues to rise month-over-month, driving our determination to create a world-class gateway at ONT,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority.

“Our customers are showing their preference for our airport and services by coming back in greater numbers, helping to transform ONT into a popular destination and hub for business in Southern California.”

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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).

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