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File photo. LA/Ontario International Airport saw its traffic decline the first half of 2016. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/09/16 – 12:36 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> As the future CEO of L.A./Ontario International Airport, Kelly J. Fredericks doesn’t like the statistics he sees for passenger traffic.

Come Nov. 1 — when Los Angeles World Airports hands operation of the airport to the local authority and whether he likes those numbers or not — they will be his responsibility.

“This is us, this is how our performance will be judged,” Fredericks told the Ontario International Airport Authority board of commissioners earlier this week during a special meeting at the Ontario Convention Center.

From January through July, Ontario is the only airport in the region seeing red, meaning the activity at the airport dropped compared to the same time last year. It’s a slight decrease, 0.1 percent or 2,305 fewer travelers.

The next lowest-performing regional airport in the first half of 2016 is Burbank Bob Hope Airport — which saw a 1.7 percent uptick in traffic. John Wayne Airport in Orange County saw the largest gain with a 10.2 percent spike.

So why does Ontario continue to underperform?

“I don’t have a explanation,” Fredericks said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

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