In March, the number of passengers reached the pre-epidemic at Ontario International Airport in Southern California. Officials at the airport waited a long time for the month to surpass the number of 2019, and in March 2021, there was an increase of 4% compared to 2019.
More Busy Days Ahead
With global health restrictions easing and travel continuing, airports are heading closer to reaching 2019 passenger numbers, and even surpassing those numbers is becoming commonplace.
A total of 454,000 passengers were transported through ONT’s airports in March. Of the 454,000, 439,531 were domestic and about 15,000 international passengers, 71% and 446% over March last year. Shipping also increased by 22% in March compared to 2019, 22%.
“March’s passenger numbers are a great achievement for our airports and airline partners, bringing Ontario International’s epidemic recovery to even higher levels. We cannot say for sure what the coming months will bring, but March’s passenger numbers show what a full recovery will be.” Atif Elkadi, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) chief executive officer.
Ontario International Airport is located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. A significant reason for the increase in airports is the influx of Los Angeles and Orange County residents into the inner kingdom. High-quality living, housing, and employment opportunities attract residents to the ONT’s neighborhoods, and San Bernardino and Riverside counties are experiencing the fifth-largest population growth in the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States.
According to Global Traveler, Ontario International Airport is the fastest growing airport in the United States. In December 2021, the airport was the fastest growing for the fourth year. Located about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, ONT is one of the Los Angeles International Airports (LAX). There are a total of five airports in the Los Angeles metropolitan area that serve commercial airlines: Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Long Beach Airport (LGB), John Wayne Santa Ana Airport (SNA), and Ontario International Airport (ON). )
Before the outbreak, ONT offered non-stop flights to passengers at 26 major airports in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Taiwan. In this list, especially a destination like a thumb, Taiwan. The Los Angeles area already has LAX, which has flights to Taiwan, so it is improbable that ONT had flights to such a high-profile destination. Before the epidemic, China Airlines operated daily flights from Taiwan to Ontario. In August last year, the airline operated only two flights per month on ONT due to the Covid travel ban. But as restrictions continue to ease, China Airlines hopes to relaunch its Los Angeles alternative in San Bernardino County.
As operational costs continue to rise on LAX, airlines are looking for alternatives in the Los Angeles area. Ontario is fast emerging as a great option. It has already attracted Frontier Airlines, which announced last year that it would suspend operations on LAX due to rising operating costs. Over the past few years, ONT has reduced operating costs, which has attracted airlines to Inland Empire Airport.
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Source: World Traveler