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Passenger traffic is up 4 percent and cargo is up 13 percent at L.A./Ontario International Airport from November 2014 to November 2015.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/29/15, 6:51 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As they prepare to hand off control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, officials from Los Angeles World Airports are reporting a 4 percent passenger increase and a 13 percent increase in cargo at the Inland Empire travel hub for November this year over the same time last year.

“November continued with very good numbers, which we’ve seen throughout 2015,” said Jess Romo, ONT airport manager. “2015 should be a very good year for ONT, and we look forward to strong numbers for both passengers and cargo at year’s end.”

International traffic, according to LAWA officials, is maintaining a vigorous percentage growth, reflecting demand for the Mexican market.

AeroMexico and Volaris served 10,240 passengers, a 26 percent increase over November 2014. Their scheduled service is expected to remain strong through the year, officials said.

“We are attributing the increase in passengers to the flights to Mexico,” said Harold Johnson, a spokesman for LAWA.

John Husing, chief economist with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, said the growth of e-commerce and a strong dollar are likely contributors to the growth in cargo at ONT.

“The cargo traffic coming up is probably related to a couple of things,” Husing said. “One of those is the very high value of the dollar, which has caused imports to become much less expensive and that drives flights from Asia coming from a combination of UPS and FedEx, and also it might have something to do with the expansion of e-commerce.”

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