Ontario International Airport in May reached nearly 80% of pre-pandemic passenger level

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport (ONT) in May was nearly 80% of its pre-pandemic level, another encouraging sign as the popular Southern California airport prepares to welcome greater numbers of travelers over the summer.
 
Data released by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) show nearly 367,000 airline passengers traveled through ONT last month, which was 77.2% of ONT’s passenger volume in May 2019. Compared to May 2020, last month’s passenger total was 422% higher.
 
The May report continues a steady climb in passenger volumes heading into the summer travel season. Ontario officials anticipate more than 1.4 million passengers from the beginning of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, recovering nearly 88% of the 1,657,185 passengers who arrived and departed ONT during the comparable period in 2019. That represents one of the fastest recovery rates in the United States.
 
"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.”
 
Today, airlines serving ONT offer nonstop service to 25 destinations including six new ones – Charlotte, Chicago (O’Hare International Airport), Honolulu, Houston (William P. Hobby Airport), Mexico City and San Salvador. 

 

 

Passenger
Totals
May
2021
May
2020
Change YTD
2021
YTD
2020
Change
Domestic 355,648  70,296 405.93% 1,203,328 1,143,422 5.2%
International 11,289 0 N/A 26,037 64,060 -59.4%
Total 366,937 70,296 421.99% 1,229,365 1,207,482 1.8%

 

Passenger
Totals
May
2021
May
2019
Change YTD
2021
YTD
2019
Change
Domestic 355,648  449,092 -20.81% 1,203,328 1,994,713 39.7%
International 11,289 26,308 57.09% 26,037 121,968 -78.7%
Total 366,937 475,400 -22.82% 1,229,365 2,116,681 -41.9%

 
Air freight shipments declined 20% in May to 65,000 tons compared to May last year but were flat – at 343,000 tons – from January through May compared to last year. However, freight was 18% higher over the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2019.
 

Air cargo
(tonnage) 
May
2021
May
2020
Change YTD
2021
YTD
2020
Change
Freight 65,124  82,039 -20.62 343,266 343,488 -0.1%
Mail 3,955 1,484 166.49 18,338 7,518 143.9%
Total 69,078 83,523 -17.29 361,605 351,006 3.0%

 

Air cargo
(tonnage)
May
2021
May
2019
Change YTD
2021
YTD
2019
Change
Freight 65,124  65,559 -0.66% 343,266 289,905 18.4%
Mail 3,955 2,616 51.20% 18,338 11,808 55.3%
Total 69,078 68,174 1.33% 361,605 301,713 19.9%

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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).