Holiday travel season at ONT

The holiday season is now upon us which also means travelers need to remember to make extra accommodations when flying out of LA/Ontario International.

Officials at ONT have issued an advisory reminding the public to arrive at least 90 minutes early. They warn travelers to give themselves enough time, especially at Terminal 4 which has the airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.

“Because of ONT’s convenience factor, travelers assume they can arrive at the airport 15 to 20 minutes before their flight departs, which is a big mistake,” said Jess Romo, Airport Manager in a statement.

So want to know when are the busiest times at ONT?  Between 4:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., according to officials.

The holiday season also means travelers will be taking their gift with them. Visit the TSA website to see what you can take in your luggage or carry onboard at www.tsa.gov.

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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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