Ontario International Airport reports more than tenfold increase in year-over-year passenger volume | Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport reports more than tenfold increase in year-over-year passenger volume

Posted on Mon, 05/17/2021 - 3:04pm

April numbers reaffirm growing confidence about the post-COVID recovery


(Ontario, California – May 18, 2021) – Passenger volume increased more than 900% at Ontario International Airport (ONT) in April compared to April last year, the first full month when operations at U.S. airports were virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to data compiled by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), more than 298,000 air travelers moved through ONT last month, a 933% increase compared to April 2020 when the airport handled fewer than 29,000 passengers. From January through April, ONT welcomed more than 862,000 passengers, a decrease of 24% from the same four-month period a year ago.

 

“The tenfold increase in traffic this April compared to last April may be eye-popping, but a better reflection of our recovery can be seen in this year’s passenger numbers versus pre-pandemic levels, and those numbers show we are steadily regaining passenger volume as airlines restart suspended services and initiate new routes at Ontario,” said Mark Thorpe, OIAA chief executive officer.

 

April’s passenger volume of 298,784 was 32% lower than the April 2019 level of nearly 445,000. Of the April 2021 total, 295,000 were domestic travelers and nearly 3,600 were international fliers, decreases of 29% and 85%, respectively. Likewise, passenger count of 862,428 from January through April this year was 47.5% lower than the same period in 2019.

 

We are encouraged by the steady pace of recovery compared to pre-pandemic periods and we are optimistic that as more Americans become vaccinated and resume more normal travel routines, particularly during the summer vacation months, Ontario’s recovery pace will accelerate.” Thorpe said.

 

Passenger

Totals

April

2021

April

2020

Change

YTD

2021

YTD

2020

Change

Domestic

295,186

28,916

920.84%

847,680

1,073,126

-21.0%

International

3,598

0

NA

14,748

64,060

-77.0%

Total

298,784

28,916

933.28%

862,428

1,137,186

-24.2%

 

Passenger

Totals

April

2021

April

2019

Change

YTD

2021

YTD

2019

Change

Domestic

295,186

420,699

-29.83%

847,680

1,545,621

-45.2%

International

3,598

24,249

-85.16%

14,748

95,660

-84.6%

Total

298,784

444,948

-32.85%

862,428

1,641,281

-47.5%

 

Air freight shipments, which declined 6% in April, remained strong on a year-to-date basis, increasing by 6.4% over 2020. Compared to 2019, commercial freight tonnage increased 18% in April and 24% over the first four months of the year.

 

Air cargo

(tonnage)

April

2021

April

2020

Change

YTD

2021

YTD

2020

Change

Freight

70,422

75,171

-6.32%

278,143

261,449

6.4%

Mail

4,085

1,536

165.94%

14,383

6,034

138.4%

Total

74,508

76,708

-2.87%

292,526

267,483

9.4%

 

Air cargo

(tonnage)

April

2021

April

2019

Change

YTD

2021

YTD

2019

Change

Freight

70,422

59,359

18.64%

278,143

224,346

24.0%

Mail

4,085

2,454

66.46%

14,383

9,192

56.5%

Total

74,508

61,813

20.54%

292,526

233,539

25.3%

 

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About Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  

 

About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)

The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).

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