Ontario International Airport

By Brian Sumers Staff Writer
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Posted: 05/09/2013 06:34:18 PM PDT

Medium-size airports like LA/Ontario International Airport have lost a significant number of flights in the past six years, while larger facilities have been less affected, according to a study released this week by researchers at MIT.

Of the midsize airports in the study, few lost more flights than Ontario from 2007 to 2012. It lost about half of its flights in the period, according to the researchers.

Officials with the Ontario International Airport Authority, which was formed to gain control of the field from Los Angeles World Airports, have attributed the decline to mismanagement. But the MIT study showed all midsize airports nationwide lost an average of 26 percent of their flights. Other airports with sharp drops in flights were San Jose (33 percent) Cincinnati (64 percent) and Pittsburgh (40 percent). Cincinnati and Pittsburgh both had the bulk of their traffic cut from one airline.

During the same period, Los Angeles International Airport lost 7.3 percent of its flights, a little less than the national average of 8.8 percent for similar-size airports.

Authors of the study suggested most of the reductions were due to a difficult economic climate, high fuel prices and a desire among major airlines to reduce the number of available seats so they could boost profits.

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