Ontario International Airport Braces For Record Summer Season

An aircraft climbs out of Ontario Airport at dusk.
Photo Credit: Ontario International Airport

Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) is gearing up for a record-breaking summer travel season. Predictions show that passenger traffic expected to soar by approximately 15% compared to last year.

This translates to a projected 2.2 million travelers gracing the halls of ONT between May 24th and September 2nd.

This surge in travel enthusiasm signifies two key trends. It shows a growing preference for ONT as a travel hub and a strategic expansion of air service to cater to this demand.

A Rising Star in Southern California

Atif Elkadi, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority gave comment on the surge in popularity. “We’re incredibly excited by the growing popularity of Ontario International Airport,” said Elkadi.

“Passengers can expect the same exceptional, hassle-free experience that has become synonymous with ONT.”

This rise in passenger volume can be attributed to several factors. Southern California, with its world-famous beaches, vibrant cities, and breathtaking natural landscapes, has always been a magnet for summer travelers.

Interior of Ontario International Airport terminal.
Photo Credits: Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport, conveniently located in the Inland Empire region, offers a gateway to all this and more.

Additionally, ONT boasts a reputation for efficiency, ease of access, and a commitment to passenger comfort. It offers a welcome respite from the potential bustle of larger airports.

New and Enhanced Routes

To meet the growing demand, airlines have significantly expanded their offerings at ONT. This summer, travelers can enjoy new or enhanced service to 10 U.S. destinations, opening exciting possibilities for exploration:

  • Denver (DEN): Up to nine daily flights with a mix of options on Southwest, United, and Frontier Airlines. These provide unparalleled flexibility for travelers heading to the Mile High City.
  • El Paso (ELP): A brand-new route with Frontier Airlines starting May 17th offers three flights a week. This makes it easier than ever to discover the vibrant culture and unique charm of El Paso.
  • Houston: Travelers can choose between daily service to both Hobby Airport (HOU) and Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with Southwest and United Airlines, catering to their specific needs within the sprawling metropolis of Houston.
  • Nashville (BNA): Country music fans and foodies alike will rejoice with the addition of new daily service offered by Southwest Airlines starting June 4th, making Nashville a more accessible summer destination.
  • Phoenix (PHX): Up to 10 daily departures with Southwest, American, and Frontier Airlines cater to those seeking the desert sunshine and exciting attractions of Phoenix.
  • Portland (PDX): With up to five daily flights on Alaska, Frontier, and Southwest Airlines, exploring the natural beauty and laid-back vibes of Portland is just a plane ride away.
  • Sacramento (SMF): A new daily service with Frontier Airlines complements existing options on Southwest Airlines, offering travelers more flexibility when planning their California adventures.
  • Salt Lake City (SLC): Four daily departures with Delta and Frontier Airlines make exploring the historical sites and natural wonders of Salt Lake City a breeze.
  • Seattle (SEA): Up to nine daily flights with Alaska, Delta, and Frontier Airlines cater to those yearning for the stunning scenery, vibrant culture, and exciting coffee scene of Seattle.
Exterior view of Ontario International Airport.

The Airport Experience

The excitement goes beyond just the expanded routes. This summer, ONT is committed to providing travelers with an exceptional airport experience.

Passengers arriving can unwind and refuel at the newly opened Mi Casa Cantina in Terminal 4, offering authentic Mexican cuisine.

For those seeking a taste of local craft beers, Brewery X provides a unique on-site experience.

And for a touch of entertainment, ONT boasts the first-ever airport location of the Topgolf Swing Suite, offering the chance to virtually tee off before or after your flight.

The airport offers convenient curbside access for ride-sharing services, eliminating the hassle of navigating traditional car rentals.

For those seeking a more luxurious pre-flight experience, Aspire Executive Lounges provide a haven of relaxation and productivity.

Shopaholics can indulge in duty-free delights at 3Sixty Duty-Free, while a variety of hourly and daily parking options with pre-booking discounts ensure a stress-free start and end to your journey.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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