Nearly 2.6 million travelers flew in and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT) in the first half of the year, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to the first six months of last year.
According to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), more than 2.4 million were domestic passengers while more than 148,000 were international customers, increases of 4.5 percent and 57 percent, respectively.
In June, the total number of ONT passengers was more than 477,000, an increase of 9.6 percent over June a year ago. The number of domestic travelers grew 9.4 percent to more than 451,000. International passengers increased 12.6 percent to more than 26,000.
“Ontario airport experienced significant growth in passenger volume during the first six months of the year as airlines initiated new services to major airports in Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco and added flights to existing routes,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the OIAA.
Air travelers can now reach 21 major domestic and international destinations via nonstop commercial service from ONT.
“Due to the great work of our staff and support of our community, local control is proving successful for ONT,” said Alan Wapner, the OIAA president. “The growth in commercial service is a reflection of the strong demand for air travel in the Inland Empire and the many steps we have taken to provide facilities, amenities and services that appeal to business and leisure travelers, not to mention the positive, hassle-free customer service experience which distinguishes ONT.”