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Ontario International Airport celebrates five years of local ownership

Christian Fernsby |
Five years ago leaders of the City of Ontario and San Bernardino County thankfully accepted ownership of Ontario International Airport and proclaimed that ONT would become a vital economic engine for the region and a safe and secure aviation gateway for millions of air travelers.

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Those who believed ONT could be a viable alternative for commercial air service in the greater Los Angeles region were proven right. Airlines added new flights and destinations.

Air passengers quickly realized the benefits of having easy access to a first-rate gateway closer to home. Shippers utilized ONT's expansive facilities and cargo hubs, ideally situated in the heart of region's robust supply chain network.

ONT's remarkable journey is the focus of a State of the Airport celebration today at the Ontario Convention Center, bringing together city and county leaders, industry executives, airline personnel and other ONT supporters, more than 350 guests in all.

"We knew on that fateful day five years ago that the combination of first rate facilities, operations know how and broad local support positioned us well to develop Ontario International into a premier aviation gateway and deliver the air service and amenities that sophisticated air travelers demand," said Alan D. Wapner, Mayor pro Tem of the City of Ontario and President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners.

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