Passenger numbers at Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California, US, have surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the fourth straight month, with 514,000 passengers in June.

The figure is nearly 20% higher than it was in June 2021.

Domestic passenger volume stood at 496,691 last month, up 18% from a year ago and 10% from June 2019.  

The airport recorded 2.6 million people year-to-date. This marks a 60.2% surge from the same period in 2021 as well as a 2.6% increase from the same period in 2019.

More than 2.5 million domestic passengers travelled through the airport in the first six months of the year.

However, international passenger traffic dropped to 17,534 in June, a 33.76% drop from 26,470 in June 2019, although still 50.49% higher compared with 11,651 in June last year.

71,997 tonnes of air cargo shipments, including 67,520 tonnes of freight and 4,478 tonnes of mail, moved through ONT in June. This was an increase of 14.4% from the June 2019-figure of 62,938 tonnes, but down 1.95% compared with 73,426 tonnes in June 2021.

From January through June of this year, air cargo shipments were 408,683 tonnes, up 12.1% from the same period in 2019 but a fall of 6.1% from the first half of 2021.

Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners president Alan D Wapner said: “With demand for air travel through ONT growing month after month, we are ramping up for more air service by opening all of our 27 aircraft terminal gates, providing travellers the seamless, efficient experience they’ve come to expect.”

ONT provides nonstop commercial jet services to 33 key airports in Central America, Mexico, Taiwan and the US.