Ontario Airport posts double digit growth in cargo volume in September

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Oct 29, 2018: Southern California’s gateway Ontario International Airport (ONT) has seen strong growth in passenger as well as cargo volume in the month of September.

For the September month, the number of air travelers who passed through the airport rose 14 percent. The number of arriving and departing passengers totaled than more 420,000 last month, up from 369,000 in September a year ago. The total included more than 402,000 domestic passengers, nearly 12 percent more than the 360,000 in September 2017. The number of international travelers doubled to 17,842 from 8,772 in September last year.

The airport's cargo business also continued to grow at a double-digit pace last month. Commercial freight and mail rose 12.4 percent in September to more than 61,000 tonnes, up from 54,000 tonnes in September last year.

"The steady increases in passenger volume show that air carriers and travelers have great faith in Ontario as a viable aviation gateway in Southern California," said Alan D Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).

From January through September, more than 3.7 million travelers moved through ONT, an increase of 13.3 percent over the same period last year. The number of passengers on domestic flights grew by 12 percent to 3.6 million while international passenger volume climbed 48.6 percent to nearly 158,000.

In the first nine months of 2018, cargo tonnage grew to 544,700 tonnes from almost 463,000 tonnes a year ago, an increase of 17.7 percent.

"The continued strong performance in both passenger and cargo volumes validates the tremendous commitment and efforts of our staff and leadership team in the two years since the airport's return to local control," said Jim Bowman, commissioner, OIAA.

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