Passengers move through terminal 4 at the Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/17, 4:33 PM PDT |

Airport leaders are bullish about the growth potential of their industry in the Inland Empire.

Housing prices to the west are pushing more migration inland, airlines have recently demonstrated a keen interest in investing in the area and the region’s major airport is so far thriving in its first six months of local control.

Since Ontario International changed hands in November, from Los Angeles World Airports to a local authority, passenger numbers are consistently up month over month. Last year, ONT served 4.3 million passengers, and officials are predicting a 5 percent growth rate for 2017.

Palm Springs International may seem like a niche destination spot, but the passenger numbers are growing here too. The airport just broke the 2 million passenger mark in 2016.

And San Bernardino International just landed — if you’ll excuse the pun — its first commercial passenger airline, an international carrier to boot.

With that in mind, each of the region’s major airports, Ontario International, San Bernardino International and Palm Springs International airports, are working on improvements to meet anticipated growth and demand.

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