Ontario International Airport reports 14% increase in passenger traffic in September 2018

Ontario International Airport has reported a 14% increase in the number of air travelers at the airport in September 2018, while passenger numbers increased more than 13% in the first nine months of the year, the company said.

The number of arriving and departing passengers totaled than more 420,000 last month, up from 369,000 in September a year ago. The total included more than 402,000 domestic passengers, nearly 12% more than the 360,000 in September 2017. The number of international travelers doubled to 17,842 from 8,772 in September last year.

From January through September, more than 3.7 million travelers moved through ONT, an increase of 13.3% over the same period last year. The number of passengers on domestic flights grew by 12% to 3.6 million while international passenger volume climbed 48.6% to nearly 158,000.

JetBlue launched nonstop service to New York City in early September. A month earlier, Frontier Airlines began daily service to Florida. Last week, Delta Air Lines announced it will add nonstop service to its Atlanta hub in the spring. Meanwhile, the completion of multi-million dollar upgrades of the airport´s dining and retail concessions has brought new, popular amenities to ONT passengers.

The airport´s cargo business also continued to grow at a double-digit pace last month. Commercial freight and mail rose 12.4% in September to more than 61,000 tons, up from 54,000 tons in September last year. In the first nine months of 2018, cargo tonnage grew to 544,700 tons from almost 463,000 tons a year ago, an increase of 17.7%.

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 18 major airports in the US, Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations.