Ontario International Airport

Passenger Traffic is Highest in 10 Years

Access to an international airport provides ease of travel for county residents and visitors, and supports the efficient movement of goods into and out of the county. Economic benefits include direct and indirect jobs and a range of aviation-related activities and services, which boost the region’s economic output. Further, there is an “economic multiplier” effect as dollars generated by airport-related activities are re-spent and circulated throughout the local economy. Ontario International Airport (ONT) ranks among San Bernardino County’s most important economic drivers. This indicator tracks passenger and freight volumes at ONT.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Ontario International Airport (ONT) ranks among San Bernardino County’s most important economic drivers.

Both passenger and freight traffic continue their steady climb:

  • Ontario International Airport has experienced strong growth since its return to local control in November 2016.
  • Passenger traffic increased 12% in a single year to more than 5.1 million passengers in 2018.
  • Over 10 years, passenger traffic has increased a total of 5%.
  • Freight traffic increased 15% in 2018, on top of a 5% increase the prior year.
  • In 2018, a total of 751,529 tons of freight moved through the airport. 
  • Freight volume has increased 92% in 10 years.

Volume of Passengers and Freight

Ontario International Airport, 2009-2018
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Note: Freight totals include U.S. mail. Source: Ontario International Airport (flyontario.com)

A Growing Domestic and International Gateway

In the past two years, ONT added China Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue to its lineup. In 2018, it launched the only trans-Pacific flights from a Southern California airport other than LAX. Growth projections show ONT reaching annual passenger volumes of 16 million to 28 million by 2040. No other airport in the six-county region has the capacity to accommodate this kind of growth. Additionally, FedEx has begun work on a 51-acre expansion of its hub operations at ONT – tripling the size of its operations at America’s No. 1 airport for outgoing freight. The massive construction effort represents a $100 million investment by FedEx and will include a new sorting facility, ground support staging areas, maintenance buildings, enhance perimeter fencing and landscaping. The first phase is scheduled to open in late 2020. The project is part of a 30-year lease extension signed in 2018, with options to extend it another 20 years. FedEx has operated at ONT for more than three decades.