Ontario International Airport has lowered its landing fees and other costs charged to airlines, a move intended to boost the airport’s passenger count and cargo carriers.
The airport’s landing fee is now $1.60 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight, down from $1.71, while its terminal rental rate has been lowered to $80 per square foot per year, down from $99.38, according to a statement on the airport’s website.
The fee changes were approved by the Ontario International Airport Authority’s board of commissioners. They are retroactive to Jan. 1.
Ontario International experienced substantial growth in passenger volume in 2021. During the last six months of the year, its passenger count was 94.7 percent of its passenger count in the last six months of 2019, before COVID-19 hit.
That led to a higher-than-expected increase in revenue from non-airline sources, including parking, rental cars, food and beverage, and news and gift concessions, making the fee reductions possible.
“As the aviation industry prepares to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever we keep airport costs as low as possible for our airline partners,” said Alan D. Wapner, airport authority president, in the statement.