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Ontario International Airport freight volume rose 27% year over year in July.
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Freight shipments remained strong at Ontario International Airport in July while COVID-19 impact continued to suppress passenger traffic

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Ontario International Airport freight volume rose 27% year over year in July.

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact operations at Ontario International Airport (ONT) in July as passenger volume decreased by more than 60% while air freight shipments increased nearly 27% compared to July last year.

Ontario has been a focal point in the Southern California supply chain network throughout the pandemic as local residents have increasingly relied on e-commerce to supply their households, leading to higher cargo volumes through ONT. Since the onset of the pandemic, ONT has recorded five straight months of better than 20% increases in cargo tonnage.

In July, commercial freight totaled more than 79,400 tons, an increase of 26.9% from the same month a year ago. In the first seven months of the year, ONT processed more than 500,000 tons of air freight, 21.2% more than the same period in 2019.

Air cargo (tonnage)July 2020July 2019% ChangeYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Freight79,43562,56326.97%501,497413,63121.2%
Mail2,0221,78013.57%11,51015,363-25.1%
Total81,45664,34326.60%513,007428,99419.6%

“These are extraordinary times for the air travel industry and airports around the world, including Ontario, are feeling the brunt of the impact of the coronavirus,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority.

“Though air travel is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon, freight shipments are a great insurance policy for ONT, and we expect they will continue to be a source of strength and optimism for the rest of this year and into the next.”

The number of passengers who traveled through ONT in July totaled more than 176,000, 64% lower than July 2019, though an improvement over recent months. More than 172,600 were domestic passengers while the number of international customers was over 3,600, decreases of 63% and 86%, respectively.

In the first seven months of the year, ONT passengers totaled more than 1.5 million, half as many as the same period in 2019. Domestic passenger volume was more than 1.4 million, a drop of 50%, while international travelers numbered less than 70,000, a decrease of 60%.

Passenger TotalsJuly 2020July 2019% ChangeYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Domestic172,605467,990-63.12%1,456,3552,913,914-50.0%
International3,61626,976-86.60%69,377175,414-60.4%
Total176,221494,966-64.40%1,525,7323,089,328-50.6%

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