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Ontario International Airport passenger volume surged 12% to 6.4 million in 2023

The number of airline passengers who chose Ontario International Airport (ONT) last year surged to more than 6.4 million, an increase of 12% over 2022 and nearly 850,000 more than pre-pandemic 2019, airport authority officials announced.

The Southern California gateway welcomed more than 6 million domestic passengers and 417,000 international travelers in 2023, increases of 8.4% and 113.5%, respectively.

The number of international passengers was an all-time high and broke the previous record of 304,000 set in 2019.

“The year-end numbers demonstrate why ONT is California’s favorite airport among airline passengers,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissions and a longtime City of Ontario Council Member.

“Since the transfer of the airport to local ownership in 2016, we have been laser-focused on developing an aviation gateway that appeals to Inland Empire residents and Southern California visitors, drives the regional economy and serves as a hub for commerce.”

Ontario officials noted the airport’s speedy pandemic recovery in highlighting the strong and steady gains of 2023, which led airports throughout California, along with recent population growth that makes the Inland Empire the 12th largest out of 386 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S., ahead of San Francisco and just behind No. 11 Boston, according to recent U.S. Census data.

For the month of December, passenger volume was equally robust with the total number of travelers surpassing 551,000, an increase of 15.4% over 2022. Domestic and international travel were higher by 11.7% and 88.9%, respectively.

“December was the 34th consecutive month in which ONT posted year-over-year increases,” said Atif Elkadi, OIAA chief executive officer.

“Moreover, with the continued confidence of our airline partners and the growth in capacity at ONT, the trend is expected to continue in 2024.

“Ontario’s world class facilities, first-rate amenities and services, together with our industry-leading customer experience, appeal to air travelers and our airline partners, and continue to set an example for airports across the region and the country.”

“We are immensely proud of our performance in 2023 and look forward to more good things to come in 2024,” Elkadi said.

Passenger

Totals

Dec

2023

Dec

2022

Change

YTD

2023

YTD

2022

Change

Domestic

508,002

454,457

11.8 %

6,012,370

5,544,921

8.4 %

International

43,159

22,845

88.9 %

417,663

195,672

113.5 %

Total

551,161

477,302

15.5 %

6,430,033

5,740,593

12.0 %

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