Global Traveler, a travel industry publication, has announced Ontario International Airport (ONT) is at the top of a ranking of the fastest growing airports in the US, the company said.
ONT ranked ahead of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. Other California airports included in the top 10 were Los Angeles International Airport (#5) and Oakland International Airport (#10).
Since the transfer of ONT to local control in late 2016, Ontario has been into an international aviation gateway and economic engine for the region, a testament to not only the facilities, services and amenities that appeal to our customers, but the strong community support for the development of our airport as an attractive destination for leisure and business travelers in Southern California.
From January through October this year, the number of air travelers at ONT increased by more than 13% over the same 10-month period in 2017 to more than 4.2 million. Domestic passengers climbed 12% to more than 4 million while international travelers increased more than 50% to almost 180,000.
Likewise, cargo tonnage continues to post double-digit gains on a year-over-year basis. In the first 10 months of 2018, cargo volume increased more than 17% from 520,000 tons during the same period last year to more than 610,000 tons.
At the current pace, more than 5 million airline passengers will pass through ONT this year, the highest number since 2008 when the airport welcomed 6.2 million. Ontario has an estimated capacity of 30 million annual passengers.
Ontario International 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 US, Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations.