By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago
ONTARIO >> Annual passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is up for the first time since 2007, according to passenger figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Tuesday.
Passenger numbers at ONT were up nearly 4 percent in 2014, with a total of 4.1 million travelers flying in and out of the airport compared to the 3.9 million passengers in 2013.
“It’s a welcome change,” said Jess Romo, general manager for ONT.
He said he is optimistic the positive gains will continue into the new year.
“We’re expecting this to be a good year in terms of activity,” Romo said.
The 3.9 million passengers in and out of the twin terminals in 2013 was down 8 percent in traffic compared to 2012.
In 2009, when the economic crisis impacted the travel industry, the airport saw a 21 percent drop in overall traffic.
Airline carriers at ONT have indicated to Romo that the routes are performing well, he said.
“We know the airlines continue to watch the performance of their routes,” Romo said. “If people continue to make it the airport of their choice, that increases the chance of airlines reconstructing routes and bringing back some frequencies.”
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