Buoyed by strong customer confidence and the first full year of local control, Ontario International Airport (ONT) closed 2017 with higher passenger volumes than in any year since 2010, while cargo tonnage continued its run of double-digit increases, the company said.
Most striking in the latest ONT data was the year-end passenger count of more than 4.5 million, 7% higher than 2016. For the month of December, ONT saw more than 410,000 air travelers, almost 10% more than December 2016.
Freight tonnage continued to grow at a robust pace of almost 14% in December, rising to more than 72,000 metric tons from 63,000 tons in December 2016. For calendar year 2017, cargo shipments rose more than 15% over 2016.
Based on airline schedules for 2018, the number of seats available on all scheduled commercial flights is expected to exceed 2017 on a monthly basis. More than 6.2 million seats will be available for ONT travel in 2018, 10% higher than last year and the high mark since 2010.
In the spring, China Airlines will launch much anticipated non-stop passenger service between Taiwan and ONT.
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.