Ontario Airport Continues Tear of Robust Passenger Volume Post Pandemic

August 17, 2022

Ontario International Airport Resurgence

Southern California's Ontario Airport (ONT), which serves the Inland Empire east of Los Angeles, has recorded its 5th straight month of higher passenger numbers for the same period in 2019.

It is some of the most robust recovery numbers post-pandemic of any airport in the U.S.

Last month, over 520,000 airline passengers flew through ONT- an increase of 8.8% from July 2021 and 5% more than in July 2019. The number of domestic and international travelers totaled more than 502,000 and 17,000, respectively, in July. The number of domestic passengers increased by 7.4% compared with July 2019 and 8.7% over July a year ago.

Ontario Sees Significant Growth Over 2019 - Pre Pandemic

Ontario saw 3.1 million flyers from January through July (2022), which is 3.1 percent more than in 2019 and 48.8% higher than last year.

"Ontario International continues to deliver strong results as demand for air travel in Southern California rebounds. We expect the trend will continue through the summer travel season and into the fall," said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners and Mayor pro Tem of the City of Ontario. "The statistics underscore the high level of confidence our guests have in our facilities and services."

The volume of air cargo shipments totaled 68,000 tons in July, an increase of nearly 6% from 2019. 

The volume of freight and mail transported over the first seven months of this year was more than 476,000 tons, an increase of 11% from the same period three years ago.

Ontario serves a huge market in the Inland Empire, and oftentimes gets overshadowed by LAX (maybe that's why the schmucks at Los Angeles tried to put it out of business), but that's another story for another time. It's great to see ONT doing so well; it's a great airport to fly in and out of.

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