A Southwest airplane take off from Ontario International Airport in Ontario Oct. 29. (Frank Bellino/Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/20/16 – 11:25 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> Air travel at Ontario International Airport is expected to increase this holiday travel season as airlines have added more seats and flights out of ONT this year, officials said.

Ontario International Airport Authority officials, in its first holiday traffic forecast since taking control of the airport Nov. 1 from Los Angeles World Airports, predict traffic for the 10-day Thanksgiving travel period, beginning Friday Nov. 18 through Nov. 27, will be 128,000 — an increase of 4 percent over the same time last year.

OIAA Marketing Manager Cassie MacDuff said officials attribute the gains to United Airlines flying a larger jet to Denver, and Southwest Airlines launching service to Portland while adding more flights to Las Vegas, Sacramento and Oakland.

Meanwhile, new daily nonstop Southwest service linking ONT with Dallas’s Love Field is scheduled to begin Jan. 15, officials said.

“There’s more seats being offered out of Ontario ,so that’s going to translate into more passengers,” MacDuff said.

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