Ontario International Airport is an international, public airport which is situated in 2 miles’ east side of Ontario, San Bernardino County, California. The ONT airport is owned by run under a joint agreement with San Bernardino County and the city of Ontario. The airport codes are IATA: ONT, FAA LID: ONT, ICAO: KONT.
The Capacity and Business Activity of the Airport
The Ontario International Airport handled over 7.2 million passengers according to the Annual Passenger Traffic records of 2007, around 4.1 million passengers in 2014, 4.2 million in 2015, 5.1 million passengers in 2018 (besides, on the same period, Southwest Airlines carried almost 57% of departing passengers via ONT airport) and in 2019 traffic shows around 5,583,732 passengers. Current information about the ONT passenger traffic is not available yet.
ONT History and Present-day Operations
In 1923, a landing field was established on the east side of Central Avenue (3 miles far, on the west of the current airport) and land leased from the Union Pacific Railroad. The airfield was named after an orange-packing company next to the airstrip and was called Latimer Field. In 1929, Ontario city purchased around 30 acres (12 ha) for $12,000, and established the airport that was previously called - Ontario Municipal Airport.
Later, in 1946, Ontario Municipal Airport was renamed what is now known Ontario International Airport due to the transpacific cargo charters originating there. Los Angeles and Ontario entered into a joint agreement, to make Ontario International Airport the part of the Los Angeles Regional Airports System. In 1968 the airport had its first scheduled jet flights. In 1998 the airport's new, more massive terminal was opened and designed by DMJM Aviation. The old terminals currently hold the USO and the administration center.
The ONT airport has been trying its best to attract new airlines via lowering landing fees and offering modern amenities to passengers. So far, these efforts have drawn the following airlines, such as China Airlines, JetBlue, and Frontier.