By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/06/14, 7:07 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

ONTARIO >> Traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is up — local and Los Angeles officials agree on that at least.

But as for the interpretation of the numbers, the two sides are far apart.

Take growth at ONT compared with Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX.

Traffic in 2014 through Aug. 31 rose 3.2 percent at ONT and 6.5 at LAX compared with the same eight months in 2013. That means LAX added passengers at double the rate of ONT.

LAX saw 47.9 million passengers during that period compared with ONT’s 2.7 million, illustrating the huge difference in size between the two L.A.-owned facilities.

Befitting its size, LAX added far more passengers. In fact, its 2.9 million additional passengers exceeded ONT’s entire passenger traffic.

Inland officials met Monday for their monthly meeting as the Ontario International Airport Authority, an agency seeking to regain control of the airport. They saw good and frustrating news in the traffic numbers.

“When we look at the numbers, we have to look at the context for aviation in Southern California,” said Alan Wapner, an Ontario councilman and chairman of the authority.

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