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ONTARIO, Calif., March 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — When Jessica Burchett arrived at Ontario Worldwide Airport (ONT) at the moment, she had no concept she was about to grow to be an prompt movie star because the 30 millionth passenger for the reason that transition of the airport to native possession six years in the past.

Picture Caption: From left: Atif Elkadi, CEO, Ontario Worldwide Airport Authority (OIAA); 30 millionth passenger Jessica Burchett; Alan D. Wapner, president, OIAA

The departing Southwest Airways® passenger and Rancho Cucamonga resident may barely comprise herself when her boarding place was introduced because the fortunate traveler, profitable free spherical journey airline tickets throughout a festive – and shock – celebration at Gate 404.

“I received! I can not consider it,” Burchett screamed as she was referred to as as much as the rostrum, unaware moments earlier {that a} celebration was being deliberate. It wasn’t till she obtained to the gate, and noticed the balloons, signage and TV cameras that she realized one thing was up. The truth is, she wasn’t even scheduled to be on the departing flight to Denver, with a connection to Minneapolis, however modified her journey preparations the evening earlier than.

“We actually have been on a later evening flight, however I wanted to get to Minnesota, so I modified the flight. And there was a lot enjoyable, and right here we’re. I am tremendous excited,” she stated.

Burchett stated she often flies out of ONT to attend her kids’s sporting occasions.

“It is tremendous handy. It is a number of miles from the home. It is easy to get out and in of. It is my favourite airport,” she stated. As for the free tickets, courtesy of Southwest®: “I journey a lot for my youngsters sports activities that this can be a cash saver and it is phenomenal.”

The celebration of 30 million passengers comes somewhat greater than six years since ONT’s return to native possession. In that point, passenger volumes have elevated by greater than one-third as ONT has grow to be one of many aviation business’s nice success tales. Ontario Worldwide welcomed greater than 5.7 million airline vacationers final yr, 2.8% greater than 2019 and its highest passenger quantity since 2008. It was additionally amongst an elite group of airports within the U.S. that, on a full-year foundation, exceed pre-pandemic ranges in 2022.

“It isn’t in regards to the quantity – 30 million passengers. It is about 30 million lives being impacted. That is 30 million folks assembly up with their households. It is 30 million vacationers who’re contributing to the native economic system, creating hundreds of jobs for folk out right here. That is what this milestone actually means,” stated Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario Worldwide Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners.

“On behalf of the almost 200 Southwest Workers at ONT, we’re thrilled to be a part of this thrilling milestone, connecting our Clients to the folks and locations that matter most of their lives,” stated Jesse Perez, Ontario Station Supervisor for Southwest Airways. “We’re grateful for this 38-year partnership with Ontario Worldwide and look ahead to our subsequent milestone.”

About Ontario Worldwide Airport
Ontario Worldwide Airport (ONT) is the quickest rising airport in the US, in accordance with World Traveler, a number one publication for frequent fliers. Positioned within the Inland Empire, ONT is roughly 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles within the heart of Southern California. It’s a full-service airport which, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, supplied nonstop business jet service to 26 main airports within the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. Extra data is on the market at www.flyOntario.com. Comply with @flyONT on Fb, Twitter, and Instagram

Concerning the Ontario Worldwide Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was fashioned in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Settlement between the Metropolis of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to supply total course for the administration, operations, growth and advertising of ONT for the good thing about the Southern California economic system and the residents of the airport’s four-county catchment space. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Professional Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario Metropolis Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired enterprise government Julia Gouw (Commissioner).

OIAA Media Contact:
Steve Lambert (909) 841-7527 slambert@flyontario.com

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