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Passenger count tops pre-pandemic levels at ONT

Ontario International Airport’s passenger count in April topped pre-pandemic levels for the second consecutive month.

The airport accommodated nearly 476,000 travelers last month, nearly seven percent higher than its April 2019 count, according to data released this week by the Ontario International Airport Authority.

Of that, 461,000 were domestic passengers, a year-over-year increase of 9.6 percent.

Passenger traffic, foreign and domestic, increased four percent in March compared with March three years ago.

The airport last month got a boost from spring break and people traveling for religious holidays, said Alan D. Wapner, president of the airport authority board, in the statement.

“Ontario International was rapidly growing before the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is not a surprise that we’re among the quickest to recover,” Wapner said.

Total passenger count during the first four months of the year was 1.62 million, within a percentage point of the count in the first four months of 2019.

Air cargo shipments – freight and mail – totaled 67,000 tons in April, 8.6 percent higher than April 2019. Year-to-date, cargo shipments were 15.5 percent higher this year than in January through April of 2019, at nearly 270,000 tons, the airport authority reported.

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