Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/05/2013 10:51:30 PM PST
Updated: 02/06/2013 01:11:01 AM PST
ONTARIO – L.A./Ontario International Airport will continue to see a decline in passenger traffic for the first half of this year, according to projections from airlines.
The pessimistic forecast is based on thescheduled seats at ONT through July, consultant Nick Johnson said.
Johnson said the projections will be the harbinger of decline at ONT in 2013.
“When we see declining seats and declining flights, we know that it is highly likely there will be fewer passengers to go into the seats and fewer total passengers into the airport,” Johnson said.
Johnson gave Ontario International Airport Authority commissioners an update this week on the airport’s performance. The authority is made up of local officials who are working to facilitate the transfer of the airport’s ownership to local control.
The report painted a picture of how ONT has suffered at the hands of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates and manages the Ontario, Los Angeles and Van Nuys airports. From a passenger standpoint, Johnson said the most troubling data to watch is what is happening between ONT and LAX.
“The airlines right now don’t appear to be motivated in a different direction,” Johnson said. “What we see right now is that decline continuing.”
News of the projected downward trend falls in line with what ONT experienced in 2012. ONT passenger traffic dropped by 5.4 percent from 2011. This is in contrast to most other airports in the region, which saw some signs of recovery.
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