Moving to meet the growing demand for air travel this summer at Ontario International Airport (ONT), American Airlines will offer nonstop service between ONT and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) from July 5, 2017 through August 21, 2017. ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 15 major U.S. cities and Mexico, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 63 daily departures offered by 7 air carriers.
Nonstop Boeing 737-800 flights will depart from ONT daily at 12:15 a.m. and arrive to ORD at 6:10 a.m. Return flights will depart from ORD daily at 8 p.m. and arrive at ONT at 10:07 p.m. American offers convenient flight connections at ORD serving many destinations on the East Coast and overseas. Flights are available for booking at aa.com, travel agents and other reservation systems. Introductory main cabin fares one-way are as low as $127. "We are delighted that American, in recognition of the strength of the Ontario market, will add roundtrip nonstop flights to Chicago O'Hare during our two busiest months of the year," said Kelly J. Fredericks, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority. "These new flights will help provide the needed seat capacity to meet the peak summer demand."
The new American flights complement ONT nonstop flights serving Chicago Midway Airport operated by Southwest Airlines.
In all, ONT's seven airlines will operate 63 daily departures to 15 nonstop destinations in the U.S. and Mexico, including flights to major airline connecting hubs at Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway, Denver, Phoenix and San Francisco.
Airline passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport (ONT) increased 5.6 percent in February 2017 compared with the same month in 2016. In February 2017, the airport served a total of 321,267 passengers compared with 304,270 in February 2016 which had an extra day because of leap year.
Domestic passenger traffic in February 2017 totaled 313,789, an increase of 6 percent over 295,948 in the same month the previous year. International passenger traffic decreased from 8,322 in February 2016 to 7,478 in February 2017, a 10.1 percent decline.
For the first two months of 2017, domestic passenger traffic jumped 7.6 percent from 594,214 in 2016 to 639,661 in 2017. International passenger traffic declined 7.9 percent in the two-month period from 22,469 in 2016 to 20,689 in 2017. Air cargo freight handled increased 9.1 percent from 40,537 tons in February 2016 to 44,234 in February 2017. For the first two months of 2017, air cargo freight handled increased 8.8 percent from 83,658 to 91,050.