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Southwest Airlines Celebrates 25 Years of service to Ontario

Southwest Airlines and its 155 Ontario-based Employees  have been celebrating the airline’s silver anniversary at Ontario International Airport (ONT).

“We are thrilled and honored to celebrate 25 years of bringing our Low Fares and legendary Customer Service while serving our Customers in the Los Angeles Basin and Inland Empire,” said Bruce Atlas, Southwest Airlines’ Ontario Station Leader.

“The dedicated work of our 155 Ontario Employees continues to prompt our Customers to choose Southwest Airlines time and again.”

“Southwest Airlines is Ontario’s largest commercial airline, handling more than 50 percent of passenger traffic,” stated Jess Romo, Ontario’s general manager. “We’re excited to celebrate Southwest’s 25th anniversary here and hope they service Ontario for another 25 years and beyond.”

Ontario (ONT) statistics:

  • Southwest began service from Ontario on May 15, 1985, with five daily nonstop departures to Phoenix.
  • Southwest currently offers 42 daily nonstop departures to seven cities: Chicago (Midway), Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, and San Jose.
  • Southwest gives Customers the Freedom to Fly from Ontario to 52 destinations across the country on convenient nonstop, direct, or connecting service.
  • 155 Southwest Employees work at Ontario International Airport.
  • Ontario was the 23rd Station to join the Southwest Airlines system.


Southwest Airlines is celebrating with its Employees and Customers today at its gates at Ontario International Airport with gate games, decorations, a DJ, and relaxing massages!

Additionally, our ONT Employees are Sharing the Spirit of the 25th anniversary by sending smiles to children at the Pomona Valley Hospital and the Loma Linda Childrens Hospital by making greeting cards. Employees will create and decorate handmade get well wishes or thinking of you cards that will be distributed through the Inland Empire HandsOn Network. Southwest Airline’s Employees proudly Share the Spirit through volunteering in the communities where they work and live.


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