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2108 air cargo increases 14.8pc at Ontario International Airport

ONTARIO International Airport (ONT) in LA area's San Bernardino, handled 750,000 tonnes cargo and mail in 2018, up 14

2108 air cargo increases 14.8pc at Ontario International Airport

ONTARIO International Airport (ONT) in LA area's San Bernardino, handled 750,000 tonnes cargo and mail in 2018, up 14

25 January 2019 - 19:00

ONTARIO International Airport (ONT) in LA area's San Bernardino, handled 750,000 tonnes cargo and mail in 2018, up 14.8 per cent year on year.

In December, shipments totalled more than 75,000 tonnes, an increase of five per cent year on year.



'We owe this sustained growth to our airline partners at China Airlines, Frontier Airlines and JetBlue Airways who have added services during this past year,' said OI chief executive Mark Thorpe.



The airport was recently named the fastest growing airport in the US by a leading travel publication. Several air carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have already announced new flights from ONT beginning this year, reports AviationPros.



'A key to our success has been the continued confidence shown by our airline and concession partners, not to mention the tireless efforts of our employees and the unyielding support of the citizens of San Bernardino County and the City of Ontario. Ours is one of the few communities that welcomes growth in its airport,' said Ontario City Councilmember Jim Bowman, an OI commissioner.



More than 5.1 million airline passengers moved through the airport in 2018, the highest annual total since 2008. The airport has added nearly 900,000 passengers since its transition to local control in late 2016 when more than 4.2 million flew through ONT.



For calendar year 2018, ONT welcomed 5,115,894 air travellers, an increase of 12.4 per cent over the 2017 total of 4,552,702. Domestic passenger volume grew by 10.8 per cent, while the number of international travellers rose 61.1 percent.



In December, ONT welcomed more than 441,000 passengers, 7.4 per cent higher than December 2017. Domestic and international passenger volume grew 5.3 per cent and 61.7 per cent, respectively.


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