Avianca Airlines begins service between Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA, and San Salvador International Airport (SAL) this summer. The new route will be the first service from Southern California’s Inland Empire to Central America.
A member of the Star Alliance, the Bogota-based carrier will operate three flights a week from ONT to the capital city of El Salvador, beginning in early July. Avianca will operate from Terminal 2 at ONT and serve the ONT-SAL route with Airbus 319 aircraft, accommodating as many as 120 passengers with business and economy class seating.
Mark Thorpe, chief executive office of the OIAA, sounded an optimistic tone in noting, “Ontario is experiencing the quickest recovery among California airports, and third fastest among airports in the U.S., since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. While domestic travel accounts for much of ONT’s recovery, it will be particularly gratifying to add Avianca’s international service.”
Airlines operating Ontario International have been steadily adding flights throughout the pandemic. Recently plans have been announced to restart or initiate new flights to nine US destinations by May. Meanwhile, international carrier Volaris began nonstop service from ONT to its Mexico City base in November.