Ontario International Airport (ONT) has announced that, based on May´s flight schedules, it expects lower passenger volume as a result of the coronavirus pandemic´s impact on global aviation, the company said.
According to the latest flight schedules posted by carriers, passenger flights at ONT will be reduced by 62.4% in May compared with the same month last year. The reduction means there will be an average of 24 daily departures at ONT during the month, with passenger volumes as much as 90 percent below normal levels — in line with other airports in the state and nation.
The May schedules include a total of 169 nonstop weekly flight departures flown by six airlines to 11 US destinations: Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Daily international service to Guadalajara, Mexico, also is scheduled.
May schedules show ONT flights temporarily suspended to Atlanta, Chicago/Midway, Dallas/Love Field, Houston/Intercontinental, New York/Kennedy, Orlando and Taiwan.
ONT is eligible to receive about USD 22 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law on March 27.
As a result of lower flight demand, ONT will continue to operate with reduced hours for in-terminal food, beverage and retail concessions.
ONT continues enhanced procedures to reduce the potential for germs to spread among passengers and those who work in the airport including more frequent and intense cleaning to disinfect restrooms and other public areas, additional hand sanitizer stations and the use of new passenger screening trays treated with powerful antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria on tray surfaces at TSA checkpoints.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the US, Mexico and Taiwan.