Ontario International Airport ONT
serves California's San Bernardino & Riverside counties, as well as portions of north Orange and east Los Angeles counties - an area with over six million residents. The Airport is medium-hub - particularly favored by executives wishing to avoid the delays and congestion of Los Angeles' LAX Airport. It also has less congestion on the runways, at the gates and at the centralized rental car center, and due to its long runways, it is often used as an alternate landing site for large aircraft when LAX is inaccessible as a result of weather conditions or other reasons.
Ontario Airport is located in the town of Ontario, situated at the west end of San Bernardino County, and is only 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It is accessible via three freeways: the San Bernardino (I-10), the Ontario (I-15) and new I-215 (San Bernardino to Riverside),
and the Pomona Freeway (SR 60) .
With two long runways and an estimated 4 milion passengers going through its gates each year, Ontario International Airport is served by major U.S. airlines and by Aeromexico, offering direct flights throughout the U.S. & Mexico, with connections to all parts of the globe.
While the Airport had been administered and was under control of the Los Angeles-based LAWA entity - after a long batttle for independence it finally was able to cut the cord. The official handover by LAWA to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) took place on November 1, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.
(It still has not been decided whether to keep the new name 'Ontario International Airport' or change it - as the much larger Canadian airport bears the same name - causing confusion.) In recent months, OIAA set out to appoint its new Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.
Ontario International Airport has 3 passenger terminals.