Ontario International

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2012 06:09:12 AM PST
Updated: 12/22/2012 07:08:55 PM PST

ONTARIO – For most of this year, air cargo at L.A./Ontario International Airport has been on the rise from previous years.

And all signs indicate traffic figures this holiday season also will be up.

Earlier last week, just days before Christmas, dozens of empty truck trailers sat still in a vacant area on the northwest portion of the airport.

This marks the third year ONT has had a deal with UPS to rent space, said Jess Romo, airport manager.

“Their business picks up so much it makes sense to lease on short term basis,” he said.

The extra trailers, some marked with the UPS logo, have been there since late November. More than a 100 trailers initially filled two parking lots. They were there in preparation of the company’s busiest day, which was Thursday.

“As UPS’s West Coast regional air hub, Ontario sees increased flight and feeder truck activity this time of year,” said Mike Mangeot, spokesman for UPS. “We add flights, hire seasonal package handlers and truck drivers, and work with contract carriers to carry extra package volume all over the U.S., and that’s certainly true in the population centers of Southern California served by Ontario.”

Nationally, UPS expects to deliver 527 million packages this peak season. If that number comes to fruition in the face of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast and last week’s Midwest blizzard, it will set a record with a 10 percent increase over 2011.

On Thursday, UPS delivered 28 million packages. That’s about 300 every second, he said.

“These big numbers are driven to a great extent by e-commerce. Fully a third of all holiday shoppers did their buying online this year, with shopping via smartphone doubling since last year,” Mangeot said.

UPS does business with 24 of the top 25 e-tailers, he said.

“Those companies are very smart about their logistics networks and often establish distribution facilities near UPS hubs to minimize time in transit for their customers,” he said.

Traffic by the year

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