Is it Ontario International Airport or LA/Ontario International Airport?

At Tuesday’s meeting councilman Alan Wapner stated during public comments that he has noticed a change in name for L.A./Ontario International Airport.

Wapner said he has noticed it is now referred to as, Ontario International Airport.

I wasn’t able to connect with Wapner after tonight’s meeting to see if he was referring to the new marketing campaign – unveiled by Los Angeles World Airports – as his reasoning for the name change. Continue reading

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ONT records a nearly 15 percent drop in passenger traffic

August passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport declined nearly 15 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since May. Prior to that the largest drop in passenger traffic was last seen in October 2011.

Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Thursday show ONT recorded a 14.8 percent decline in passenger traffic with 338,387 travelers in August. The number was 396,632 in August 2012.

Overall, there was a 9.45 percent decline in the amount of travelers coming in and out of the medium-hub facility for the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2012.

In May, there was a 9.3 percent from the same month last year.

In 2011, the airport experienced a 10.2 percent decline in passenger traffic compared with the same month in 2010.

So far 2.6 million passengers have utilized the airport in 2013.

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Tips for holiday travel

I haven’t seen any information from Los Angeles World Airports about tips on Fourth of July holiday/ summer travel for LA/Ontario International Airport.

So I thought I would share some tips I have received from John Wayne Airport, which expects an increase in holiday travel starting today through July 7.

If any of you are like Gary Ovitt, a member of Ontario International Airport Authority and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, who said (if ONT is not an option) he would fly anywhere other than Los Angeles International Airport, than this information will be helpful for you.

Surprise, you can’t bring fireworks with you (the fact that this is included in the release makes me think this issue is more common than you think).

More tips from John Wayne Airport:

Travel Tips for Passengers and Visitors:

  • Arrive 90 minutes to two-hours before the flight departure time to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre✓™ can expedite the screening process in Terminal A.
  • Drivers picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to utilize 2-hour parking spaces, located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C, as some portions of the white curb are closed due to construction.

Parking Options at JWA:

  • Curbside Valet Parking for $30 per day, located on the departure level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.
  • Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers.
  • Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Terminal every 15 minutes.
  • For parking availability call 949.252.5200 or for directions to JWA, visit:http://www.ocair.com/parking/parking.htm.

For the latest travel tips and security requirements, log on to www.ocair.com for more information.

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Long lines at ONT?

Ever encounter issues or long wait times while going through the checkpoint at LA/Ontario International Airport?

(I’ve been meaning to get to this item since last week but it’s been a little busy.)

Jim Bowman, at last week’s Ontario International Airport Authority, brought up an issue he recently noticed while traveling through the airport – a long line that had formed to go through the first checkpoint.

“I noticed a rather extraordinary long line of what should have been manned by someone, instead there was an abandoned TSA station,” he said.

Bowman said there was nobody there to process travelers.

This might be something that the new Federal Security director at ONT, Martin Elam, may handle or want to address in the future.

But that’s not all. Bowman, a longtime Ontario Councilman, said he was disappointed in the airport’s appearance.

“Service is everything, appearance is everything and the outside of the airport looks atrocious,” he said.

According to Bowman the grass near Terminal 4 has grown a nearly a foot tall.

“These are situations that a good partner doesn’t make with an asset of such value,” he said. “This exudes the reasons that L.A. is so far away and just doesn’t care about Ontario.”

ONT is managed by Los Angeles World Airports.

Have you ever encountered similar issues? Let me know.

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ONT passenger traffic flat for October

For the first time this year, passenger traffic decline at LA/Ontario International Airport is nearly flat from the same period last year.

Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports shows traffic for the month of October was down by just 0.8 percent. A total of 366,161 passengers traveled in and out of the airport compared to the 369,051 passengers that used the airport in 2011.

Despite a slowdown in the decline, overall passenger traffic still paints a picture of the woes facing ONT. Traffic at ONT was down 5.2 percent for the year compared to the same period last year.

Passenger traffic in 2012 is estimated to total 4.2 million, a 5.5 percent drop from 2011, a consultant said. That’s the same level of passengers who went through ONT in 1986.

It has been nearly four years since Ontario officials waged a battle for local control of the airport, which has annually lost millions of passengers in that time frame.

Cargo at ONT appears to have rebounded from the 7 percent drop in September. October figures show a 4.8 percent increase from the same period in 2011. Overall, Cargo traffic is up 9.5 percent for the first 10 months of the year.

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