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How Frontier boosted Ontario airport’s passenger traffic

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Liset Marquez

ONTARIO >> The arrival of low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is already making a positive impact at Ontario International Airport, officials said this week.

According to passenger figures released Wednesday, traffic for the month of October was up 4.7 percent compared to the same month in 2016. Airport authority officials contribute the uptick to Frontier which offers flights to Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Denver, and in 2018 to Chicago.

October’s gains are in line with the boost in traffic the medium-hub airport has seen all year.

“ONT is on track for a record year in air cargo activity while passenger volumes are on pace to be the highest since 2011,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority in a statement.

Overall, passenger volume for the first 10 months has increased by 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

Air cargo experienced double-digit growth in October. A total of 57,679 metric tons of freight and mail were handled at ONT, up 22.7 percent compared with October 2016. For the first 10 months of this year, total cargo tonnage rose nearly 15 percent.

“The steady increases we are seeing month after month reflect a strong show of confidence among airlines and their customers for service at ONT,” Thorpe said in the statement.

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