ONTARIO, Calif. – October, 12, 2017 – Greeted by airport officials, airline employees and community leaders, Frontier Airlines flight 1923 arrived to much fanfare today at Ontario International Airport (ONT) as the Denver-based carrier launched service at Southern California’s newest aviation gateway.
“Ontario is the place to be for new air service in Southern California,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority. “We pride ourselves in offering a positive, hassle-free airport experience which will help our newest airline partner succeed in this hyper-competitive market and provide a great incentive to its customers to keep coming back.”
Frontier’s arrival represents the largest commitment of air service at ONT in more than a decade, Wapner noted. In addition to this morning’s arrival from Austin, TX, Frontier is adding routes to its home base in Denver, San Antonio and Chicago/O’Hare, bringing the total number of markets served from ONT to 18.
"Today we introduce a new, more affordable way to travel for the Inland Empire and greater Ontario community,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president, marketing, Frontier Airlines "We’re offering not only amazing low fares, but a reliable and friendly service that allows customers to customize their travel experience to their needs and their budget. This empowers more people than ever before to fly. This is what our Low Fares Done Right philosophy is all about.”
Frontier’s new routes mean ONT passengers can travel coast-to-coast without changing planes seven days a week as service to Austin and San Antonio will continue to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Frontier will operate the San Antonio-Washington thru-service every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Airbus A320 aircraft while thru-service to Washington via Austin will be offered Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Following the arrival of flight 1923, the aircraft departed ONT (flight 1924) at 11:45 a.m. with one stop in Austin but no change of plane for passengers traveling through to Washington Dulles, arriving at 9:45 p.m. (EDT).
Since ONT’s transfer to local control nearly one year ago, passenger levels have risen month after month as airlines add new service. In the first eight months of 2017, more than 2.9 million passengers traveled through ONT, an increase of seven percent over the same period in 2016.