L.A./Ontario International Airport: Passenger traffic falls (again)

By now, most Southern California aviation aficionados know the sad story of L.A./Ontario International Airport. Traffic has fallen by more than 40 percent since 2007. The two terminals are nearly empty. The aesthetics of the place are less than stellar.

Los Angeles World Airports, which runs the airport, puts out traffic reports every month. By this point, everyone is used to falling numbers. But July seemed particularly difficult in terms of numbers.

Domestic passenger traffic was 331,096, down 12 percent from July 2012. International traffic was 5,628, down from 7,282 in the previous year.

Southwest is by far the dominant carrier at Ontario. It carried more than 1.3 million passengers from January through July. Second during that period was US Airways, with 216,904 passengers.

Interested in learning more about Ontario airport? Read my story from a couple of months ago.

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  • Mary Grady

    It’s not just Ontario Brian, and we are working hard to get more service back to ONT.
    Numbers at Bob Hope Airport slide again
    Biggest carrier announces flight cuts as passenger counts also fall off.September 03, 2013
    By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com
    Bob Hope Airport officials are dealing with a double dose of bad news this week as the number of passengers using the airport slid by more than 8% in July and the airport’s largest carrier announced that it will cut more than 40 flights at the Burbank airfield.
    The airport handled 318,859 passengers in July, an 8.24% decrease compared to 347,501 in July 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Tuesday.
    The drop continues a summertime slump, with a decline of roughly 3.5% in June. That was preceded by slight increases in May and March.
    As the passenger numbers take a dive, the airport’s largest carrier — Southwest Airlines — recently told airfield officials it will discontinue 42 round-trip flights from Burbank at the end of the month.
    All destinations will be affected, according to an airport staff report.
    Southwest representatives could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

  • David Goldschmidt

    @ Mary

    I completely disagree with your comparison to Burbank.

    LAWA manages two airports: LAX and ONT (not Bob Hope or John Wayne).

    For the past few years both Bob Hope and John Wayne have maintained their market share of passengers flying into this market.

    However, ONT airport has lost half of its passenger volume to LAX. LAX market share has gone from 69% to 74% and ONT has fallen from 8% to 4%.

    Some in Ontario think this is criminal negligence. LAWA has fiduciary responsibility for ONT and it appears they are actively stealing passenger volume from ONT and sending it to LAX.

    FYI – LAWA only has a part-time Airport manager assigned to run ONT. Crazy.

    I am in tourism here in Ontario and the dramatic decline in passenger volume (especially to LAX) is very, very frustrating.



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