Ontario International Airport (ONT) reported April was the second straight month of better than 20% gains in commercial activity, the company said.
At the same time, passenger levels declined more than 90% as the aviation industry felt the crushing impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.
More than 75,000 tons of commercial cargo were loaded and unloaded at ONT in April, a 26.6% increase over April last year. Through the first four months of the year, ONT handled more than 261,000 tons of freight, up 16.5% increase over the same period in 2019.
The rise in air freight volume in April represents the highest year-over-year increase at ONT since the City of Ontario and San Bernardino County assumed control of the airport in late 2016. The previous high was recorded in January 2018 when air freight tonnage increased 22.8%.
The total number of air travelers through ONT declined 93.5% to fewer than 29,000 in April, a decrease in line with airports across the US All air travelers at ONT in April were domestic fliers as international services were suspended temporarily.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) 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 which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the US, Mexico and Taiwan.