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COVER STORY dormant and unoccupied, in some cases, for more than 19 years • Begun to re-appraise the airport's non-terminal real estate for the first time since 2005 AB: What are you doing to market Ontario International as an airport of choice for airlines, cargo carriers and passengers in the region? MT: There is a compelling case for airlines to choose us. Our primary catchment area — San Bernardino and Riverside counties — is the fastest-growing area within the five-county Southern California region. The airport has the second-highest average household income among airport catchment areas in Southern California, second only to John Wayne Airport and higher than LAX and San Diego. The population and local GDP of our two-county primary catchment area are both roughly 1.5 times that of San Diego, which enjoys far more extensive domestic and international passenger traffic than does Ontario. We are the only unconstrained airport for growth in Southern California, in terms of operational and infrastructural capacity, passenger traffic caps and noise-related restrictions. We're also the only airport in Southern California, other than LAX, with runways long enough to accommodate long-haul and trans-oceanic international passenger and freighter flight operations. Because of the nature of peak-period traffic flows in Southern California, 10.3 million of the region's 18 million residents can access the airport conveniently in a counter-flow direction for morning departures and afternoon/evening arrivals, avoiding 12 of the 40 worst U.S. traffic bottlenecks that surround LAX and other Southern California coastal airports The airport sits between U.S. I-10, less than a half mile away, the most important east-west highway spanning the U.S. Sun Belt and CA-60, less than 2.5 miles away, one of Southern California's most important east-west state highways. It's also five minutes away from U.S. I-15, the major freeway artery that runs from San Diego to Las Vegas and on to Salt Lake City. And there are four access points to the airport from U.S. I-10 on the north, four access points from the south on CA-60 and one direct access point from U.S. I-15 on the east. AB: You have a nice mix of airlines — Aeromexico, American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and Volaris — but they are pretty West Coast heavy. What are some of the dream cities you'd like to serve? MT: Ten years ago, we had nonstop flights to several longer-haul domestic destinations, including New York City, Atlanta, Nashville and Honolulu, as well as various regional markets such as Boise, Eugene, Tucson and Colorado Springs. We would certainly like to bring back nonstop service to these destinations, as well as other major destinations throughout the U.S. that we don't currently serve. We're excited about new Frontier Airlines services to Austin and San Antonio, which will enable our passengers to reach Washington, D.C., without changing planes. Ontario International Airport EXCELLENCE IN AVIATION INFRASTRUCTURE HNTB has a long history of successfully delivering a wide range of projects — including terminals and runways — to some of the largest airports in North America. We are pleased to aid our clients' success with award-winning design, program management and planning services. The HNTB Companies Infrastructure Solutions hntb.com Laddie Irion National Aviation Market Sector Leader lirion@hntb.com (813) 498-5125 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Elevated Roadway, North Carolina LAX United Terminals 7 & 8, California L.F. Wade International Airport New Terminal Building, Bermuda www.aviationpros.com/10742068 April 2018 airportbusiness 27

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