Ontario International Airport expects to welcome 5m fliers this year

Ontario International Airport (ONT) has announced gains in passenger and cargo volumes have put the Inland Empire airport on pace to welcome more than 5 million air travelers this year, the company said.

Arriving and departing passengers totaled more than 455,000 in October, an increase of nearly 11% from October a year ago when 410,000 air travelers moved through ONT. The number included almost 434,000 domestic passengers, 8.3% higher than October 2017. And the number of international travelers more than doubled from 10,000 last October to more than 21,000.

Over the first 10 months of the year, more than 4.2 million travelers passed through ONT, a 13% increase from the same period last year. The number of domestic passengers grew by more almost 12% to more than four million while international passenger volume climbed 54% to nearly 180,000.

Ontario´s air cargo business continued to grow at a double-digit pace, more than 14%, in October to 66,000 tons from 57,700 tons in October last year. From January through October, cargo volume grew to more than 610,000 tons from 520,000 tons over the same 10-month period a year ago, an increase of more than 17%.

Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)was formed 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.