SMART Airports Conference will bring airport leaders and innovators from around the world to Ontario, California

ONTARIO, California., July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Southern California The dynamic Inland Empire will take to the world stage next week as aviation leaders from around the world gather for the SMART Airports & Regions 2022 Conference – one of the largest and most prestigious annual events in the world. aviation industry.

Ontario International Airport and Southern California’s vibrant Inland Empire will take the world stage next week as aviation leaders from around the world gather for the SMART Airports & Regions 2022 conference.

The three-day conference opens Monday July 18to Ontario Convention Center, and will focus on topics ranging from how aviation can inspire new economic opportunities in a post-pandemic world to the role of airports as incubators of innovation in urban development and regional connectivity.

Ontario and the Inland Empire are an ideal location for this global gathering. We have one of the fastest growing airports in the world, in the heart of one of the most robust demographic and economic centers in the United States. And when it comes to innovative multimodal transport solutions, no region can match what is being done here to redefine mobility. and access while creating new opportunities for economic development,” said Alan D. Wapnerpresident of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) and Pro Tem Mayor of City of Ontario.

The SMART Airport & Regions Conference is co-hosted by the ONT and the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (GOCVB). Among the more than 50 speakers and presenters will be several leaders from both organizations, including Wapner, OIAA Commissioners Ron Loveridge and Curt Hagmanairport general manager Atif Elkadicapital development manager Michelle Brantley and commercial director Dan Cappeland President and CEO of GOCVB Michel Krouse.

The event comes as the ONT is in the midst of a historic run that has seen travel volumes exceed pre-pandemic levels for three consecutive months, including, in May, the highest number of passengers since the return of the airport to local ownership in 2016. For the past four years, ONT has been recognized by Global Traveler as the fastest growing airport in United States, and its role as an economic engine and preferred air gateway for millions of Southern Californians helps drive significant transit investment in the region. Upcoming projects include zero-emission bus rapid transit, hydrogen-powered passenger rail, and an all-electric vehicle tunnel from a state-of-the-art multimodal transit hub.

Additionally, ONT has played a vital role in the emergence of the Inland Empire as a global cargo hub and today ranks among the top 10 cargo airports in North America.

“We have a great story to tell – here at ONT and throughout this great region we serve. The Inland Empire is now the 12e largest – and fifth fastest growing metropolitan area – in the United States, with an unrivaled quality of life. We have prepared to meet these growth needs, while maintaining the convenience and positive customer experience that has become our hallmark,” said Elkadi, CEO of ONT.

“We are delighted to host this event at Ontario Convention Center and expose attendees from around the world to the heart of Southern California Inner experience! Our Convention and Visitors Desk is here to greet our visitors and provide information on amenities and destinations in our area,” said Krouse, President and CEO of GOCVB.

While the SMART Airports & Regions conference officially opens on Monday, programs and presentations begin on Tuesday. A complete agenda is available here.

About Ontario international airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent travelers. Located in the Inland Empire, the ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport that provides nonstop commercial jet service to 33 major airports in the United States, Mexico, central America and Taiwan. More information is available at Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitterand instagram

About Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was created in August 2012 by a joint agreement between the City of Ontario and the county of Saint Bernardine provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California the economy and residents of the airport’s four county catchment area. The commissioners of the OIAA are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (Chair), Retired Mayor of Riverside Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice-Chair), Member of the Ontario City Council, Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).

About the Great Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization promoting the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California national and international visitors. As destination experts, we provide leisure, meeting groups and meeting professionals with a comprehensive and unbiased resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event. an event in the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ideal for leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. Under the umbrella of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau is the California Welcome Center and several signature events to support the overall mission of bringing visitors to the region, thereby stimulating economic growth. The Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau provides the destination support tools needed to run a successful experience

OIAA Media Contact:
Steve Lambert (909) 841-7527 [email protected]

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