September 5, 2008

LA/Ontario International Airport Announces New Flights

In the wake of airline scheduling cutbacks, Great Lakes Airlines is adding flights at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT). Beginning Sept. 8, Great Lakes starts service to Visalia and Merced in California, and Prescott and Phoenix in Arizona. The airline will use Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

"With other airlines recently cutting destinations and frequencies at ONT, we welcome the arrival of Great Lakes Airlines," said Jess Romo, ONT's manager. "Passengers now have flights to new destinations in central California and Arizona."

"Great Lakes is excited to bring our convenient and reliable service to LA/Ontario," said Chuck Howell, CEO of Great Lakes Airlines. "Our new daily flights will give residents in Visalia and Merced, California as well as Prescott, Arizona the opportunity to do business in the L.A. Basin or connect to one of several destinations served by the airport."

Great Lakes Airline is offering four daily flights departing ONT at 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and 3:09 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

The four flights arriving at ONT include a 7:45 a.m. and 2:49 p.m. from Visalia, and 11:03 a.m. and 5:18 p.m. from Prescott.

ONT is a medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities and through service to many international destinations. ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. The airport is the centerpiece of one of the fastest-growing transportation regions in the United States. ONT's service area includes a population of six million people living in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and portions of north Orange County and east Los Angeles County.

ONT is one of four airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a Los Angeles City department that oversees an airport system in the nation's second largest metropolitan area. The other airports owned and operated by LAWA are Los Angeles International, LA/Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys General Aviation.

Great Lakes is currently providing scheduled passenger service at 50 airports in fourteen states with a fleet of Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias and Raytheon/Beechcraft 1900D regional airliners. A current route map may be viewed at

 CONTACT: Harold Johnson/ONT (909) 975-5360  CONTACT: Monica Taylor/GLA (307) 432-7022  

SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports