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California's Ontario Airport freight volume up over 2pc in July


Southern California's Ontario International Airport (ONT) has announced that air cargo shipments grew modestly in July by nearly 2 per cent to more than 64,000 tonnes, bringing the total airfreight tonnage during the first seven months of the year to almost 429,000 tonnes, up 3.4 per cent from the same period last year.
Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) President Alan D Wapner, said: "Along with our continued strong increase in passenger volumes, the steady growth in cargo reaffirms how important ONT is to our region's economy. Having a great airport has helped the Inland Empire become a global centre for e-commerce, and an emerging hub for healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing - creating jobs and economic opportunity for the region as a whole."
The number of commercial air passengers who travelled through ONT in July increased by more than 10 per cent compared to July 2018, continuing a trend of strong, steady growth at the nation's fastest-growing airport.
The total number of passengers grew to nearly 495,000, an increase of 10.4 per cent. Almost 468,000 were domestic passengers while international travellers totalled nearly 27,000, increases of 10.1 per cent and 15.7 per cent, respectively, according to the OIAA.
In July, Ontario Airport also surpassed the 3 million passenger mark for the year, a 7 per cent increase over the first seven months of last year.
"Ontario continues to be a magnet for commercial air service for domestic and international passengers in the greater Los Angeles area," said Mark Thorpe, OIAA chief executive officer. "We are heartened by the positive responses of our customers to our ongoing efforts to create an appealing international aviation gateway for Southern California, one which meets the needs of business and leisure travellers alike."
Daily-nonstop service has been added this summer to popular aviation hubs in Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco, reports AJOT.

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