The LA/Ontario International Airport is the second major airport in the Los Angeles.
The airport is located in the Central Business District (CBD) in San Bernardino County of Ontario.
The airport is situated 35 miles east of Los Angeles in southern California.

The LA/Ontario International Airport, opened in 1998, is the second major airport in Los Angeles (LA). It is located in the central business district (CBD) in San Bernardino County of Ontario, which is 35 miles east of Los Angeles. It is spread over 1,700 acres. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the owner and operator of the airport.

The airport recorded passenger traffic of 6.96 million and 14,563 aircraft movements in 2010. It handled 62,588t of cargo during the same year.

Master plan

A master plan study is currently being carried out to guide the airport’s development until 2030. The study will focus on survey and inventories to determine the existing conditions. It will include preparing alternative conceptual facility layouts, expansion of alternate land use plans and development of specific facility size requirements.

The master plan study will also focus on ensuring the ground transportation system to handle the expected growth in passengers and cargo.

Terminal features

The airport has three terminals namely the International Terminal, Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. The airport master plan proposed five terminals spaced between the Terminals 2 and 4.

“The International terminal is spread over an area of 40,500ft² with two gates.”

The International terminal is spread over an area of 40,500ft² with two gates. Terminal 2 has 265,000ft² of area with 12 gates and Terminal 4 has 265,000ft² of area with 14 gates.

Both the Terminals 2 and 4 are equipped with baggage claim on the ground floor. Other facilities in the terminals include restaurants, shops, newsstands and skycap porter services.

Baggage handling systems

Barnhart Balfour Beatty and its joint venture partner Austin Commercial were awarded a contract to construct in-line baggage screening systems at Terminals 2 and 4. The cost of the project was $53.5m and the architect was HOK. Austin Commercial acted as the construction manager for the project.

In April 2007 Jervis B. Webb Company was awarded a contract worth $15m by Austin Commercial to install baggage handling and in-line Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) at Terminals 2 and 4. The project was completed in 2009.

In 2008, a $70m worth in-line baggage screening system was opened at Terminals 2 and 4. The system carries the luggage from the airline’s ticket counter to a TSA station.


The airport has two runways. The first runway (8L/26R) is 3,718m in length and the second (26L-8R) is 3,109m-long. Both the runways are paved with concrete. The runways are facilitated with 1,400ft medium intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator lights.


The airport features short and long-term car parking facilities. It has a total parking space of over 5,522 parking spaces. The parking lots 2, 4, and 5 are located near to the terminals. Parking lot 5 has the highest parking space with more than 2,159 spaces. Parking lot 2 has 1,061 spaces and parking lot 4 has 1,790 spaces.

Electric vehicle charging stations are located at parking lots 2 and 4. The airport has a 100 space cell phone waiting lot.


In 2007, Coffman Specialties was awarded $15.9m airport runway reconstruction contract.

Stronghold Engineering was the subcontractor for the reconstruction of the 26R runway project at the airport worth $7.6m.

In October 2009, Clean Energy Fuels was awarded a 10-year contract to design, build, and operate a new public access CNG fueling station at the airport.

In December 2009, the contract to design and implement the integrated security environment at the airport was awarded to Unisys.

LAWA awarded contract for on-call professional construction support services to Jocobs Engineering Group and Parsons in 2010. The $25m contract will begin in December 2011.

In January 2011, Jacobs Engineering Group won the contract for providing facilities management implementation support services at the airport.

Air traffic control

The air traffic control tower at the airport was opened in August 1987. The height of the control tower is 126ft, cab 400ft² and the base is 3,600ft².

Maintenance facilities

The maintenance facilities at the airport are operated by Certified Aviation Services and Jett Pro-Line Maintenance.

The airport has more than 350,000ft² of hangar space.

Car rental

Car rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty have their offices at the airport.