LOS ANGELES – Ontario International Airport, a popular alternative for Southland travelers hoping to avoid the bustle of LAX, surpassed pre-pandemic passenger numbers in September, the seventh straight month it has achieve that feat, according to figures released Thursday.
Nearly 517,000 travelers passed through the airport in September, a more than 10% bump over September 2019, according to airport officials. The numbers put the airport on pace to potentially reach 6 million passengers by the end of the year.
Through the end of September, 4.2 million passengers have passed through the airport, up 3.6% from the same period in 2019, and up 37.6% over last year.
“Ontario International continues to prove itself as the airport of choice for millions of Southern Californians,” Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority Board of Commissioners and Ontario mayor pro tem, said in a statement. “The double-digit increase in passenger volume last month reinforces the important role we play in meeting the air travel needs of one of the most robust population and economic centers in the country.”
According airport officials, shipments of air cargo through the airport were more than 70,000 tons in September, 14.4% higher than the same month in 2019.