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Chronological History 


1923  Latimer Field is established east of Central Avenue, 3 miles west of the current airport - on land leased from Union Pacific railroad. The airfield is named after an orange packing company next to the airstrip.
1929  The City of Ontario purchases a 30-acre tract in the southwest corner of the present airport for $12,000. Airfield becomes known as Ontario Municipal Airport.
1941  City of Ontario purchases 470 acres surrounding the airport and approves construction of new runways.
1942  Runways completed. Army Air Corps plane makes first landing on February 27.
1943  During World War II, airport dedicated as an Army Air Corps P-38 training base and P-59 operating base.
1946  Ontario Municipal Airport is renamed Ontario International Airport because of transpacific cargo flights originating from the airport.
1947  Military departs and airport re-dedicated to civil aviation.
1949  Commercial service begins at Ontario International Airport.
1951  10,880-square-foot terminal building constructed.
1967  Los Angeles City Department of Airports co-signs joint powers agreement with City of Ontario and airport becomes part of Los Angeles' regional airport system.
1970  300 additional acres acquired. Terminal building expanded by 22,500 square feet.
1971  Airport's annual passenger volume passes 1 million mark.
1978  Passenger volume passes 2 million.
1981  Opening of new runway which can accommodate wide-body jets. 35,000 people attend dedication ceremony.
1985  Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall of Los Angeles selected as the planners, architects and engineers for new terminals at Ontario International Airport. Official transfer of title from City of Ontario to the City of Los Angeles.
1986  Passenger volume passes 4 million.
1989  Passenger volume passes 5 million.
1990  United Parcel Service breaks ground on $53 million West Coast air cargo hub.
1992  Passenger volume passes 6 million.
1993  Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approves final plans and specifications for $270 million terminal expansion project.
1995  Groundbreaking ceremony held for the construction of the new terminal complex.
1998  New terminal service at complex starts on September 27, 1998 - four months ahead of schedule and $26 million under budget.
1999  New Ground Transportation Center - housing six on-airport car rental companies - opens January 5, 1999.
2000  Air Canada offers daily round-trip service to Toronto, Canada from June 5 to September 5.
jetBlue Airways begins daily nonstop, round-trip service to New York.
AeroMexico begins round-trip service to Guadalajara and Mexico City twice a week.
2001  United Parcel Service begins four weekly flights to China using Boeing 747 cargo aircraft.
2002  AeroMexico begins daily round-trip service to Hermosillo, Mexico.
Frontier JetExpress begins two daily nonstop flights to Denver, Colorado.
Hawaiian Airlines begins daily round-trip service to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Groundwork for ONT Master Plan begins.
Parking Lot 5 opens adding 2,200 spaces between Terminal 4 and the Ground Transportation Center.
2003  Lineas Aereas Azteca begins daily round-trip service to Mexico City, Mexico.
ONT’s $20.2 million Taxiway N Westerly Extension Project completed two weeks ahead of schedule and $1 million under budget.
2005  Chaffey Hangar removed to make way for new Security Airfield Access Point being constructed under the Airfield Perimeter Security Enhancement Part 2 Project.
Los Angeles World Airports launches "Fly Ontario" ad campaign aimed at increasing passenger volume at ONT.
Runway 26R/8L closed in May for reconstruction and lengthening.
Passenger volume reaches 7 million.
2006  Runway 26R/8L Reconstruction Project ends and runway re-opens in March.
Airport name changed to LA/Ontario International.
AiRadio begins broadcasting airport conditions on 770 A.M.
2007  ExpressJet begins daily round-trip service to 14 US Cities in April.
2008  Great Lakes Airlines starts service to Visalia and Merced in California, and Prescott and Phoenix in Arizona, using a Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.
Cell Phone Waiting Lot Opens. The 100-space parking lot is free of charge with a one hour maximum waiting time.
In-line baggage screening system opens in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. The new $70 million baggage screening system carries luggage from the airline’s ticket counter area to a TSA station where officers screen luggage prior to being loaded in the aircraft.
Passenger volume decreases to 6.2 million passengers and 481,284 tons of air freight.
2009  LAWA launches its new public Internet Flight Tracking and Noise System at LAX, ONT, and VNY airports.
BOAC approves development of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at Haven Avenue and Airport Drive.
Travelers Aid of the Inland Empire celebrates 25 years of service at ONT.
Southwest Airlines begins nonstop service to Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois.
Passenger volume decreases to 4.8 million passengers and 390,932 tons of air freight.
2010  Southwest Airlines celebrates 25 years of service at ONT.
Southwest Airlines begins nonstop service to Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois.
Passenger volume remains at 4.8 million passengers and 392,427 tons of air freight.
2011  Passenger volume decrease to 4.5 million passengers and air freight increases to 419,523 tons.