Frontier Airlines launches service out of Ontario airport
ONTARIO >> For about five years, the east end of Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport sat vacant and unused.
The shuttered portion of the terminal was a symbol of the ongoing struggles at the facility, which experienced double-digit declines in passenger traffic between 2007 and 2010.
But on Thursday morning, nearly a year after control of the airport returned to local hands, the east end of Terminal 2 reopened to accommodate ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines.
Frontier will fly to Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Denver, and in 2018 to Chicago.
“This is the largest single expansion of air service at our airport in over decade,” said Mark Thorpe, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
Thorpe spoke in front of Gate 210 which was brimming with passengers waiting to board Frontier’s inaugural flight to Austin, Texas.
Cheryl Balogh, of Upland, left, is greeted by Frontier customer service agent David Rodriguez as she boards the plane during Frontier Airlines’ celebration of its first flights to and from Austin, TX, at Ontario International Airport in Ontario, CA., Thursday, October 12, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
The inaugural flight from Austin, TX., arrives as Frontier Airlines celebrates its first flights to and from Austin, TX, at Ontario International Airport in Ontario, CA., Thursday, October 12, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)