Ontario Airport (ONT) has every reason to be excited and optimistic on the future as they have reported passenger numbers of nearly 478,000 for the month of July.
That is 97% of the airport's numbers for the same month in 2019, before the huge downturn driven by the pandemic.
According to data compiled by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), the popular Southern California gateway welcomed more than 462,000 domestic passengers and 15,600 international travelers in July, increases of 167% and 333%, respectively, compared to July 2020.
The number of domestic travelers last month was just 1.2% lower than July 2019 while international passenger volume was 42% lower.
From January through July, ONT welcomed more than 2.1 million passengers, almost 70% of the total over the same period in 2019 and 40% more than the first seven months of 2020.
"Ontario International's recovery from the impact of the pandemic continues at a robust pace," said Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board of Commissioners. "Airlines are showing great confidence in our airport and our strong customer base as the demand for air travel, particularly domestic service, approaches pre-pandemic volume."
Also, air freight shipments in July, which totaled 66,400 tons, were 6% higher than the same month in 2019, but 17.2% lower than July last year. For the first seven months of the year, freight volume was almost 480,000 tons, nearly 5% less than the same period a year ago, but almost 16% more than 2019.
Ontario passenger numbers also hit robust levels last month as well.
[Source: Ontario International Airport]