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Travelers pass through LA/Ontario International Airport on Monday June 4, 2012. (File Photo)

By Liset Marquez
liset.marquez@ inlandnewspapers.com @DBOntarioNow on Twitter
Posted: 06/20/2013 07:14:15 PM PDT
Updated: 06/20/2013 07:36:20 PM PDT

ONTARIO >> With no signs of turning the corner, L.A./Ontario International Airport will see a decline in air service for the sixth year in a row, according to a recent report to the Ontario International Airport Authority.

Aviation consultant Nick Johnson told the authority ONT is on track to handle fewer than 4 million passengers, 25 percent of its capability, this year.

The nine-page report evaluated several factors — passenger growth, air service, and seat capacity — which all pointed to continued declines at ONT.

“We don’t see recovery even on the horizon,” Johnson told the OIAA at a meeting Monday.

Between 2000 and the end of this year, Ontario airport will experience a 41 percent decline in passenger growth, and a 7.8 decline from 2012 to 2013, according to the report.

From 2000 to 2007 Ontario was a leader in passenger growth, both in the region and in US, through 2007, Johnson said.

“I draw a line at 2007 and 2009 “” that was the grips of economic recession both in the region and US economy, in trying to tell the story,” Johnson said.

From 2009 through the end of last year the economy began to turn around. In terms of US airports and airports in the region, there was even some leveling off and signs of recovery, he said.

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