“That we welcomed in June three times the number of passengers as June last year is a testament to the demand for air service at Ontario International and the loyalty of our growing customer base,” said Alan Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners. “We expect the resurgence of air travel to continue as airlines quickly add seats at Ontario and passengers fill them at an equally brisk pace.”
According to data compiled by the OIAA, more than 431,000 airline passengers traveled through ONT last month, which was 90.25% of ONT’s passenger volume in June 2019. Domestic travelers totaled more than 419,000, while 11,600 were international passengers.
From January through June, ONT welcomed more than 1.6 million passengers, 23% more than the same period a year ago. The year-to-date 2021 figure is 64% of the nearly 2.6 million who flew into and out of ONT during the first half of 2019.
“We continue to be enthusiastic about the pace of recovery at Ontario International and we are equally optimistic about volumes over the summer as air travelers rediscover the many advantages of arriving and departing our airport.” said Mark Thorpe, OIAA chief executive officer. “ONT continues to set the pace for recovery among California airports in rebounding from the severe downturn in air travel following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ontario officials anticipate more than 1.4 million passengers during the summer travel period, from the beginning of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.