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Ontario California Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Ontario Airport provides access to one of the most scenic parts of America with the Pacific Coast and many national parks in driving distance.
  • Ontario Airport is owned and operated by the Los Angeles World Airports company LAWA.
  • Southwest Airlines deals with almost half of all the passenger traffic at Ontario Airport.
  • The airport is also a UPS gateway serving the southern California area. Express has operated there in the past.
  • Ontario Airport was built in 1923 by the Friends of Ontario Airport Flying Club.

Ontario Airport Mini Guide

I Thought Ontario was in Canada?
It is and this Ontario is named after it because the founders of the city hailed from there. The Chaffey brothers decided to set up a ‘model colony’ in California in the mid-19th century. The model was to be a balance of life in the countryside with the amenities of a city. They city began attracting farmers as a result of the irrigation system set up by the brothers and the city grew. The climate there gave it a reputation as health enhancing and even more people visited the city. Today, one of the original agricultural companies, Graber’s Olives, still operates from the city and is the largest producer of olives in the state. Agriculture is still an important way of life but as the city grew, services replaced agriculture as the main employers

How do I get to Ontario?
Ontario has its own airport called LA/Ontario International but although billed as a Los Angeles Airport, it really is a trek from there to the city, despite the distance being only forty miles and if travelling by taxi, the fixed fare is around $130. That being said, many business travellers are using Ontario more as it’s quieter and passage through the airport systems is easier and quicker. From Ontario, the airport is only minutes away and nearly five million passengers used the airport last year.

What is the Airport Like?
It has three terminals, demarcated as terminals 2 and 4 together with an international terminal. Terminals I, 3 and 5 will be built as part of a future expansion plan. The international terminal is currently a small makeshift building used to security check international passengers before sending them through to the main arrivals hall.

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What can I Expect When I Land at Ontario?
To begin with you’ll have to walk from the aircraft to the terminal as the terminal buildings have no aerial walkways to the majority of gates. Once inside the terminal, you’ll only need to pass through security if arriving from outside the US. You must descend a level to get to the baggage reclaim and on into the arrivals hall. There, you’ll see the information desk should assistance or directions be required and if hiring a car, the desks for the companies are also in that area. The parking lots for the rental companies are a little distance away and a shuttle is available to get you there. There are no banks at Ontario but ATMs will let you withdraw cash if needed. Public transport is also available from outside each terminal building.

What are the Facilities Like for the Departing Passenger?
The facilities are reasonable with around six shops duplicated between the terminals and ten cafes and restaurants split between before and after security locations. Shops there include gifts from California, a candle shop, a bookstore and a jewellery store. Restaurants include ‘Applebees’ for more substantial fare in pleasant surroundings and a selection of cafes and snack bars for those wanting lighter fare.

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Ontario Airport (airport code ONT) serves the city of Ontario in California. It has undergone much change over the years changing from a municipal airport to an international airport in 1946, and being bought from the City of Ontario by LA in 1985. Today the airport is a hub for Great Lakes Airlines and the parcel service UPS.

This is a modestly busy airport of over six million annual passengers and they can use car hire Ontario Airport to explore the surrounding San Bernardino County. Meanwhile business travellers may wish to make a quick exit to the central business district.

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