Southern Californian gateway Ontario International Airport (ONT) grew its cargo tonnage strongly in October which continues the strong gains this year.
ONT’s air cargo business grew at a double-digit pace last month – more than 14 per cent in October to 66,177 tonnes – from the 57,769 tonnes in October last year.
From January through October, cargo volume grew to 610,878 tonnes from 520,748 tonnes over the same 10-month period a year ago, an increase of 17.3 per cent.
ONT sits in the heart of the largest outgoing freight market in the United States. According to a recent report by FreightWaves, the Ontario market has surpassed Atlanta for the No. 1 position.
FedEx operates extensive operations from ONT while the airport’s cargo tonnage has also benefitted from a growing passenger network which are also helping drive belly traffic.
This is set to continue, as Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month it will launch a four-weekly service from ONT to San Francisco International Airport beginning next June. Southwest will also add a third flight to Denver International Airport Monday through Friday.
Delta Air Lines recently announced plans for daily service between ONT and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning in April.
In March, ONT welcomed a new China Airlines belly service from Taiwan (pictured above).