Ontario, CA - MetroAir executives today unveiled plans to significantly scale back its operations at its West Coast Focus City Ontario, and close down the base after more than 10 years of operation. It has been reported that routes from Ontario have been unpopular with passengers and becoming less cost effective by the month. The airlines head of Scheduled Operations AJ Vanmiddendorp said "While Ontario has been a key market for MetroAir it has consistently seen low passenger demand and load factors since it was transitioned to a Focus City back in 2015 following the opening of LAX"
Ontario currently operates daily flights to 9 US destinations predominately on the West Coast but also as far as Dallas and Chicago but from April 21st the 20 daily flights are set to be cut dramatically in a continued effort to cut operating costs at the airline. The airlines Chief Executive Officer, William Hogarth had this to say "The decision to close our base in Ontario was done so with a heavy heart. It has been a significant corner stone in our airlines history but it has become increasingly difficult to justify the continued operation while we have such a large base at LAX just down the road. To remain competitive in such a difficult business we have to constantly review our operations and it was decided that the aircraft based in Ontario could be better utilized elsewhere within our network"
However all is not lost for those who like Ontario as it has been indicated that flights to Dallas Ft Worth and Chicago O'Hare will remain as well as seeing an increase in service from 1x daily to 2x daily. It is also reported that MetroAir plan to introduce a new route from Portland, which is expected to be operated up to 3 times a day starting from May 1st.
Mr Vanmiddendorp finished by indicating that a series of other route changes were expected to be announced by the end of the month but he wasn't able to make any further comments.