Ontario International Airport and Avianca Airlines announced that the carrier will begin service between Ontario and El Salvador starting in July. The Bogota, Colombia-based carrier will operate three flights a week from Ontario to San Salvador International Airport (SAL) in the capital city of El Salvador.
The new flights will launch Thursday, July 1 from San Salvador and Friday, July 2 from Ontario. With this route, Avianca will expand its connectivity between Central America and California as it currently flies to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“After the resumption of air operations in different markets we see that the travel segment that is being reactivated the most is the one for visiting family and relatives and, in that sense, Ontario becomes an ideal option for many Central American passengers who prefer to arrive at an airport closer to certain areas in California and, on the other hand, San Salvador is a perfect connecting point for other places in Latin America. We are pleased with this news and we are also aware that the route network must be increasingly flexible due to the uncertainty we are experiencing in the region,” said Rolando Damas, Avianca’s Managing Director for North America.
A member of the Star Alliance, Avianca will operate from Terminal 2 at ONT and serve the ONT-SAL route with Airbus 319 aircraft, accommodating as many as 120 passengers in business and economy class seating.
|530||San Salvador-Ontario||7:10 p.m.||11:30 p.m.||Tue, Thu, Sat|
|531||Ontario-San Salvador||1:15 a.m.||7: 05 a.m.||Wed, Fri, Sun|
Mark Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer of the OIAA, said, “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 at ONT have announced plans to restart or initiate new flights to nine U.S. destinations by May. Meanwhile, international carrier Volaris began nonstop service from ONT to its Mexico City base in November 2020.