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ONT nearly back to pre-pandemic passenger levels

ONT passenger count stays up

Ontario International Airport’s passenger count has surpassed pre-pandemic levels for seven consecutive months, according to data released last week.

Nearly 517,000 airplane travelers passed through Ontario International last month, a 10.1 percent increase from September 2019, the airport reported.

September was also the fifth consecutive month in which the airport’s traffic count topped 500,000, possibly moving the airport closer to attracting six million passengers by the end of the year.

September exceeded August’s passenger count by 6,000.

“The double-digit increase in passenger volume last month reinforces the important role we play in meeting the air travel needs of one of the most robust population and economic centers in the country,” said Alan D. Wapner, board president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, in a statement.

During the first nine months of this year, Ontario International accommodated 4.2 million passengers, 3.6 percent more than the same period in 2019. Cargo – freight and mail – increased 14.4 percent during that time, to slightly more than 70,000 tons, the authority reported.

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