Ontario International Airport (ONT) has announced a 30% increase in June air freight shipments and a 20% increase in the first half of 2020, the company said.
The increase is the result of increased reliance on e-commerce as Californians continue to observe safer-at-home orders and turn to online shopping for many household supplies.
Freight shipments totaled more than 79,000 tons in June, the fourth straight month that ONT experienced freight tonnage gains of 22% or more. From January through June, ONT processed 422,000 tons, one-fifth more than the 351,000 tons handled in the first six months of last year.
Freight shipments through ONT were up 12% by volume in February year-over-year, but in March, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was felt across the aviation industry, freight tonnage climbed 22%, followed by increases of 26% in April and 24% in May.
The number of ONT travelers declined by 93% in April and 85% in May.
In June, the number of ONT air travelers totaled 142,000, a 70% decrease compared to June 2019 yet twice as many as May of this year. More than 140,300 passengers were aboard domestic flights with the remaining 1,700 being international customers, another encouraging note since there were no international passengers at ONT in April and May.
Over the first half of 2020, ONT passengers totaled more than 1.3 million, which was 48% lower than the same period in 2019. Domestic passenger volume was more than 1.2 million, a drop of 47.5%, while international travelers numbered 65,700, a decrease of 55%.
Ontario International Airport (ONT), located in the Inland Empire, is 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.