Passenger volumes expected to be 12% higher than 2017 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
The summer travel forecast for Ontario International Airport (ONT) looks bright with more than 1.4 million airline passengers expected to travel through the airport, an increase of 12.1% over Summer 2017. The increase is driven largely by new domestic and international air service introduced in recent months.
Based on current airline schedules and the number of airline seats available, airport officials anticipate 1,424,656 passengers will depart and arrive at ONT between Friday, May 25 and Monday, September 3. Inbound and outbound passengers totaled 1,270,830 during the same period from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day last year.
“Summer is typically a high-volume travel period, particularly at Southern California airports, and that will certainly be the case at Ontario,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “Ontario continues to post strong, steady gains in passenger volumes through our aggressive and persistent efforts to attract new air service, transform dining and retail concessions and provide amenities that are popular with business and leisure travelers.”
Frontier Airlines initiated daily service from ONT to Denver, Austin and San Antonio in October. Flights to the Texas airports continue to Washington Dulles International Airport, which enables ONT passengers to reach the East Coast without changing planes.
China Airlines began service between ONT and Taiwan in March, the first daily, transpacific service in ONT’s history.
JetBlue recently announced non-stop service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning in early September.
In the past month, highly popular brands including WPizza by Wolfgang Puck, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Rock & Brews Restaurant opened in ONT’s passenger terminals, part of an ongoing $6 million effort to upgrade the airport’s dining concessions.
Other new brands coming to ONT include Cross Grain Brewhouse, a brewpub and restaurant featuring local craft beers; Harvest & Grounds, a Euro-American coffee shop and bakery; and Plane Box Grab & Go in Terminal 2. Wahoo’s Tacos & More and a newly renovated Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will occupy space in Terminal 4.
A separate initiative which includes a capital investment of at least $2.4 million is underway to similarly rebrand and remodel ONT’s retail operations.
Additional improvements have been made in recent months to further enhance the ONT customer experience. Late last year, a fifth security screening lane was added in Terminal 4, the airport’s busiest terminal with two-thirds of all passenger activity, expediting traveler processing without compromising security.
Valet parking, which has been a popular and much-utilized service at Terminal 4, was expanded to Terminal 2 earlier this month. Reservations can be made online here.
The California Department of Transportation recently installed freeway signs in the vicinity of the airport to direct the attention of passengers and greeters to ONT AiRadio for around-the-clock, commercial-free programming. Broadcasts are heard at 620AM on car radios as travelers approach ONT and on the airport’s homepage at flyONTario.com.
“Whether our returning and first-time customers are coming to Southern California to work or play over the summer, we look forward to providing a memorable experience befitting the region’s newest gateway airport,” said OIAA Commissioner Jim Bowman.
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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.
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).