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ONT closes books on 2020

Ontario International Airport’s performance in 2020 can be summed up in a few words: cargo up, passenger count down.

Thanks to COVID-19, cargo volume grew more than 18 percent last year compared with 2019, according to numbers released by the Ontario International Airport Authority. 

Also thanks to COVID-19, passenger volume fell by more than 50 percent year-over-year. 

For the year, Ontario International processed nearly 900,000 tons of commercial freight,  including 25,000 tons of mail.

“Ontario solidified its position as a leading air cargo hub in 2020,” said Mark Thorpe, the airport authority’s chief executive officer, in the statement. “Working closely with our freight partners, we not only withstood the surge in e-commerce shipments early in the year, we ramped up quickly to manage double-digit increases in commercial freight volume as Californians hunkered down at home and shopped online for vital household supplies.”

More than 2.5 million air travelers moved through Ontario International last year. Domestic passengers totaled more than 2.4 million while the number of international travelers exceeded 95,000, decreases of 53 percent and 68 percent.

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