Drop in Passengers Threatens Ontario Airport

The Inland Empire airport is looking for ways to cut expenses.

Ontario International Airport has seen a steep drop in passenger traffic. The Inland Empire airport currently has nine airlines using its runways, three less than just a few years ago.

In an effort to keep its current stable of airlines, the airport lowered the passenger fee it charges airlines from $13.50 to $11.76 per passenger.

The airport is run by the Los Angeles International Airport and its twin terminals can serve 10 million passengers a year, but are expected to see less than half that number this year.

Ontario officials are looking for ways to save money.

“The potential of closing one of the terminals, that’s something we are just merely exploring,” says airport manager Jesse Romo.

Ontario offers travellers an option to the traffic and congestion of LAX.

“The only reason I would go to LAX is when I don’t get a direct flight,” says frequent flyer Leticia Hampton. “That’s the problem, If they had more direct flights from Ontario, I would fly [more] from here.”

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