|LA/Ontario International Airport|
|IATA: ONT ICAO: KONT FAA LID: ONT|
|Owner||Los Angeles World Airports|
|Serves||Ontario, California / Inland Empire, California|
|Hub for||UPS Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||944 ft / 288 m|
|Statistics (2006, 2010)|
|Aircraft operations (2006)||136,410|
|Based aircraft (2006)||25|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
LA/Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT, ICAO: KONT, FAA LID: ONT), formerly and still commonly known as Ontario International Airport, is a public airport two miles east of downtown Ontario, a city in San Bernardino County, California, USA. It is owned and operated by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), an agency of the city of Los Angeles. In 2008, 6.2 million passengers used the airport, 13.5% less than 2007. The April 2011 passenger volume was down 4.6% than the year previous.
|This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (June 2012)|
The airport covers 1,700 acres (690 ha) and has two runways. It is the third major airport in the area after Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport (SNA). LA/Ontario International Airport is less crowded than LAX; according to Forbes.com it is one of the five best alternate airports in America. It is the West Coast air and truck hub for UPS and is a major distribution point for FedEx Express. LA/Ontario International Airport was a hub for ExpressJet, which began service to 14 destinations in April 2007. This service ended on September 2, 2008.
Thanks to Ontario's long runways (runway 8L/26R is longer than any at LAX), it is often an alternate landing site for large aircraft destined LAX. Due to Ontario's small customs facilities and limited connecting flights, such flights typically do not disembark passengers at Ontario. The aircraft is refuelled and departs to LAX.
The airport is about 38 miles (61 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, 18 miles (29 km) west of downtown San Bernardino and 14 miles (23 km) northwest of downtown Riverside. Motorists can use the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), Ontario Freeway (Interstate 15), or the Pomona Freeway (State Route 60). It is served by Omnitrans bus route 61 and by private shuttles.
By the end of 2006 Ontario International Airport was renamed LA/Ontario International Airport to entice travelers from the Los Angeles International Airport and to reduce confusion with Ontario, Canada. LA/Ontario Airport is owned by the city of Los Angeles (LA World Airports) ONT currently has more than 64 daily departures and arrivals.
Ownership and control of the airport became an issue in late 2010 when the city of Ontario, supported by the Southern California Association of Governments, criticized and questioned LAWA's operation of the airport.
LA/Ontario has few noise restrictions/abatement rules unlike other Southern California airports such as John Wayne Airport, Bob Hope Airport, Long Beach Airport, and San Diego International Airport which all have very strict policies. The airport is allowed to operate 24/7, but during the hours of 10pm to 7am all aircraft must arrive from the east on runway 26L or 26R and take-off to the east on runway 8R or 8L depending on ATC instruction. This procedure is known as "Contra-Flow" operations and applies to turbo-jet or turbo-fan aircraft. This procedure is similar to the one employed by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in which aircraft arrive from the west and depart to the west (known as "over-ocean" operations) between midnight and 6:30 a.m. Both of these procedures are employed as long as weather and/or construction activity permits. This is done in an effort to be better neighbors and minimize the noise impact to the surrounding communities as much as possible. As of 8/6/2012 the FAA has suspended all airports from doing the opposite end take-offs and landings. Because of this Ontario's 10pm to 7am operations now take off and land in the same direction.
LA/Ontario International Airport has three terminals. The terminal numbering scheme is designed to accommodate future growth. The airport's master plan calls for five terminals to be spaced adjacent to and in between the existing Terminals 2 and 4. The "international terminal" (which is a small building designed primarily to segregate arriving international passengers to clear customs) would be razed and be part of the new Terminal 1. One terminal would be dedicated exclusively to Southwest Airlines and the other to United Airlines, while the other airlines would share the remaining terminals.
Terminal 2 has 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2) and 12 gates (201 - 212). Terminal 4 has 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2) and 14 gates (401 - 414). The International terminal has 2 gates.
The old Ontario Airport had two terminals: the main terminal and a small terminal for Delta Air Lines and SkyWest Airlines. The old terminals are west of the current terminals. The old control tower is still used as an auxiliary tower. The previous design was of the traditional walk-up type with only one jetway gate; the new terminals use the modern jetway system. The old terminals currently house the administration and the USO. The old terminals will be demolished when the new Terminal 1 is constructed.
Remote parking is located on the east end of the airport (moved from its former location at the west end). On the east end is a ground transportation center that consolidates the rental car companies in one central location. A circulator bus circles the airport and provides connections to each of the terminals, rental car and remote parking lots, and public transit stops.
General aviation is located at the south side of the airport, although most general aviation pilots tend to use a number of nearby airports: Redlands Airport, Chino Airport, Brackett Airport in La Verne, Cable Airport in Upland, or Rialto Municipal Airport.
operated by SkyWest Airlines
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||4|
|Delta Air Lines||Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Atlanta (begins June 10, 2013)
operated by SkyWest Airlines
|Salt Lake City||2|
|Southwest Airlines||Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Jose (CA)
|United Airlines||Denver, Houston-Intercontinental||2|
operated by SkyWest Airlines
|Denver, San Francisco||2|
|US Airways Express
operated by Mesa Airlines
|1.||Phoenix, Arizona||370,000||Southwest, US Airways|
|4.||Las Vegas, Nevada||187,000||Southwest|
|6.||Denver, Colorado||166,000||Southwest, United|
|8||San Jose, California||134,000||Southwest|
|9||Houston, Texas (IAH)||103,000||United|
|10||Salt Lake City, Utah||95,000||Delta|
Ontario is a major southwestern gateway hub for UPS.Over 200 pilots are based at the Ontario hub. LA/ONT is the United Parcel Service's (UPS) Western Region hub for both air and trucking operations within a 13-state region. In addition to serving intra-regional traffic, the hub links UPS's global hub in Louisville. The Ontario hub processes inbound UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages destined for Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura counties. It provides outbound package delivery service from homes and businesses in the Inland Valley for delivery to destinations around the world. ONT serves as gateway for UPS' cargo flights to and from China. The Ontario facility sorts and distributes a majority of UPS international packages bound for delivery to the Pacific Rim. Four of the six direct weekly flights flown by UPS to China originate at the Ontario hub