LA/ONTario -- The Facts

This webpage, "LA/ONTario -- The Facts" presents the central questions about which there has been considerable discussion, and includes media reports examining the underlying reasons for passenger declines at ONT along with many other small and medium hub airports. For each of the questions, we have provided answers grounded in facts. While we do not expect that this information will end debate about the future of ONT, we hope it will add to the quality of data that frames this debate.

Our commitment has, over the past 47 years, propelled ONT from obscurity to prominence. While the airport has felt the impact of changes in commercial aviation's reaction to national and regional recession—one of the largest and longest lasting in memory, we are positioning ONT today to prosper upon the Inland Empire's return to economic vitality. During the first eight months of 2014, passenger traffic has increased over 3% compared to the same period in 2013. This increase in passenger activity is occurring for a number of reasons: flights serving ONT are at or near aircraft capacity, International traffic is up nearly 75% (one of the carriers recently added a flight), and the economy surround ONT is improving. While these are positive signs, we continue to watch changes in the aviation industry so as to keep ONT positioned to accept more traffic over time. We will also continue efforts and initiatives for a successful ONT. These include regular meetings with existing and potential airlines, creative air service marketing aimed at showcasing ONT's strengths, and building partnerships with external stakeholders wherever possible.

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