Passenger volumes at Ontario International Airport (ONT) continued their steady climb in March, increasing more than 9% compared to the same month last year, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) said.
The number of international passengers grew by more than 24% following the start of daily service to Asia.
Passengers totaled more than 415,000 in March, 9.3% higher than March 2017 when ONT welcomed nearly 380,000 air travelers. Cargo tonnage continued to grow at a robust pace, also rising by 9.3% last month.
The significant increase in international passenger volume, from 8,577 in March 2017 to 10,673 last month, reflects new, trans-Pacific service between ONT and Taipei, Taiwan provided by China Airlines, which began the daily round-trip flights March 25.
For the first quarter of 2018, passenger levels rose 10% over the same period a year ago, from 1,040,006 to 1,143,867 passengers. Cargo volume, commercial freight and mail shipments combined, grew by 16.4%, from 146,096 to 170,055 metric tons.
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 19 major airports in the US and Mexico, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 66 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.