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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