More Than a Half-Million Passengers Flew Through Ontario International Airport in August, 10% Increase

More than half a million airline passengers flew through Ontario International Airport (ONT) in August, a 10% increase over August last year, airport officials announced.

For the month, ONT welcomed more than 504,000 air travelers, with domestic passengers totaling nearly 479,000 and the number of international travelers exceeding 25,000. Domestic and international passenger volumes grew 9.9% and 13.3% in August, respectively.

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From January through August, the total number of passengers who arrived at and departed from ONT was almost 3.6 million, an increase of 7.5% over the same period in 2018. Domestic travelers totaled nearly 3.4 million, an increase of 6%, while the number of international passengers rose 43% to more than 200,000 over the first eight months of the year.

“The continued growth in passenger volume is a great source of pride for all of us who are dedicated to developing a first-rate international gateway for Southern California,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority. “That more and more travelers are choosing Ontario reflects the tremendous achievements made to provide the facilities, services and amenities, along with our hallmark hassle-free experience, which appeal to our customers.”

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Thorpe also reminded customers who prefer app-ride service to Ontario airport to download the Lyft app on their mobile device and discounted parking rates are always available at booking.flyontario.com.

Air freight shipments were essentially flat in August at 65,514 tons, outpacing August last year by 28 tons, while mail shipments decreased by 45%. For the first eight months of the year, commercial freight grew 3.6% to more than 479,000 tons while mail shipments declined more than 17%. Overall, air cargo shipments were up 2.7% compared to the same period a year ago.

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August 2019

August 2018

% Change

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% Change

Passenger Traffic

Domestic

478,782

435,690

9.9%

3,392,696

3,201,317

6.0%

International

25,320

22,339

13.3%

200,734

140,054

43.3%

Total

504,102

458,029

10.1%

3,593,430

3,341,371

7.5%

Air Cargo (Tons)

Freight

65,514

65,486

0.0%

479,145

462,654

3.6%

Mail

1,587

2,908

-45.4%

16,950

20,584

-17.7%

Total

67,101

68,394

-1.9%

496,094

483,238

2.7%

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