Passenger use at Ontario International Airport continues to rise, with a 4.11 percent increase since the first of the year, while October had the largest single-month increase of 2014, at 7.68 percent.
From January through October, 3.42 million travelers used ONT, up from 3.28 million for the same period in 2013.
Aeromexico and Volaris, which provide a total of seven nonstop flights a week between ONT and Guadalajara, Mexico, served 71,705 passengers for the 10-month period, compared with 43,030 in the 2013 period, a 66.64 percent increase.
Volaris announced recently that it will offer daily flights to Guadalajara during the holiday season, from Dec. 17 through at least the end of the year.
In a statement, airport manager Jess Romo said that “2014 is shaping up to be a good year for ONT.” If operations remain healthy, “ we hope this provides an opportunity for carriers to re-examine the market potential for increased service or new routes in the future.”
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For all of 2013, ONT had 3.96 million passengers, a distant number from 7.2 million in 2007. The airport went into decline with the onset of the Great Recession but has not recovered as well as regional airports in Orange County and Long Beach.
In June 2013, the city of Ontario sued Los Angeles, the Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which owns and operates ONT.
The lawsuit claims ONT’s decline was caused by the defendants’ abandonment of promoting Ontario and including it in a regional airport plan, in deference to gaining more passengers and revenue at Los Angeles International Airport, which they also control.
The defendants have denied the claims, and a key portion of the lawsuit, the legality of Los Angeles’ control and ownership of ONT, is now awaiting a judge’s decision in Riverside County.
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