Ontario Airport Continues to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Passenger Numbers

September 15, 2022

For the sixth consecutive month, Ontario International Airport (ONT) has exceeded pre-pandemic passenger volumes, airport officials announced.

More than half a million airline passengers moved through Ontario terminals last month – the fourth consecutive month in which volumes exceeded 500,000. This demonstrates the continued popularity of air travel post-pandemic, and the importance of ONT as a major transportation hub.

The number of domestic passengers was more than 497,000, which is a 3.8% increase from August 2019 and a 9.5% increase from August last year. The number of international passengers was more than 14,000, which is a 9.3% increase from August 2019 and a 14% increase from August last year.

From January through August, ONT welcomed 3.6 million passengers, 2.8% more than the same period in 2019 and 41.7% above last year.

Ontario International continues to rank among the fastest-recovering airports in the United States, serving one of the most dynamic population and economic centers anywhere. Nearly 10 million Southern Californians live or work closer to ONT than any other airport, and more and more of them are recognizing Ontario's value as a Southern California aviation gateway," said Alan D. Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners.

"Airlines and air travelers are showing their confidence in our airport and our ability to deliver a superior customer service experience," said OIAA Chief Executive Officer Atif Elkadi. "It is a credit to our airport staff, airline partners, transportation security officials, concession workers and many others who work so hard to serve our customers and visitors well."

Air cargo shipments, meanwhile, also showed strong growth in August at 71,700 tons, 6.85% more than August 2019 and 5% over August a year ago. Over the first eight months of the year, the volume of freight and mail combined totaled more than 548,000 tons, 10% more than the same period three years ago. The year-to-date total was 4.4% lower than last year.

Passenger

Totals

Aug

2022

Aug

2019

Change

YTD

2022

YTD

2019

Change

Domestic

497,271

478,782

3.86 %

3,570,173

3,392,696

5.2 %

International

14,004

25,320

-44.69 %

122,398

200,734

-39.0 %

Total

511,275

504,102

1.42 %

3,692,571

3,593,430

2.8 %


Passenger

Totals

Aug

2022

Aug

2021

Change

YTD

2022

YTD

2021

Change

Domestic

497,271

454,022

9.53 %

3,570,173

2,539,079

40.6 %

International

14,004

13,600

2.97 %

122,398

66,959

82.8 %

Total

511,275

467,622

9.34 %

3,692,571

2,606,038

41.7 %

Air Cargo Numbers...

Air cargo

(tonnage)

Aug

2022

Aug

2019

Change

YTD

2022

YTD

2019

Change

Freight

67,214

65,514

2.59 %

511,723

479,145

6.8 %

Mail

4,487

1,587

182.72 %

36,863

16,950

117.5 %

Total

71,700

67,101

6.85 %

548,587

496,094

10.6 %



Air cargo

(tonnage)

Aug

2022

Aug

2021

Change

YTD

2022

YTD

2021

Change

Freight

67,214

64,316

4.50 %

511,723

543,571

-5.9 %

Mail

4,487

3,881

15.60 %

36,863

30,157

22.2 %

Total

71,700

68,198

5.14 %

548,587

573,728

-4.4 %

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