Ontario International Airport

Passengers make their way through the terminal of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/14, 7:00 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> For the first time since 1985, traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport has fallen below 4 million passengers annually.

A total of 3.9 million passengers traveled in and out of the twin terminals in 2013, down 8 percent in traffic compared to 2012.

It is also the sharpest decline ONT has seen in a year since 2009, according to figures released Monday by Los Angeles World Airports, which operates ONT, Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports.

Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner said he was disappointed to hear the news but wasn’t necessarily surprised.

“They are doing nothing to turn things around. They don’t have enough customers, but they are not doing anything to change the outcome,” he said, referring to LAWA.

Despite attempts to add new air service in 2013, ONT recorded the highest drop in passenger traffic since 2009, when the economic crisis impacted the travel industry. In 2009, the airport saw a 21 percent drop in overall traffic.

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