Ontario slams plan to boost passengers at LA/Ontario airport

May 9, 2013

Inland Empire leaders are criticizing a plan by Los Angeles airport commissioners to increase the number of passengers at the Los Angeles/Ontario Airport.

Since 2007 passenger volume at the L.A./Ontario International Airport has plummeted from 7.2 million to slightly more than four-million - a 40 percent decline.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) owns the medium-sized regional airport.

The agency's board approved a marketing plan this week to increase passengers at the airport.

The agency's executive director is Gina Marie Lindsey.

Struggling Ontario Unimpressed With LA's Efforts to Help

May 8, 2013

Officials in the Inland Empire threatened to sue Los Angeles a few weeks back in an attempt to wrest away control of the beleaguered LA/Ontario International Airport (which is run by LA-based Los Angeles World Airports; LAWA also controls LAX and Van Nuys). In response, LA airport commissioners voted yesterday to toss a little marketing help Ontario's away so the airport can get back on its feet following years of falling passenger traffic. The proposals would:

-- Reimburse airlines for half of their marketing expenses to promote new or existing Ontario flights.

San Bernardino County to join Ontario in fight against LAWA

May 7, 2013

Ontario and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will join Inglewood and Culver City in a legal battle over an environmental plan for LAX approved by the Los Angeles City Council last week.
The three cities and the county announced Tuesday that they are seeking legal mediation with Los Angeles over its approval of a $4.8 billion plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials believe the modernization program can further negatively impact LA/Ontario International Airport which has already seen a 40 percent drop in passenger traffic since 2007.

Los Angeles airport officials disappoint ONT supporters

May 7, 2013

Los Angeles World Airports officials have a suggestion for business leaders and politicians in the Inland Empire who want airlines to add flights at LA/Ontario International Airport: Open your checkbooks.

LAWA executives on Tuesday backed off a proposal to give airlines generous incentives to establish new flights at ONT, saying agreements with existing airlines operating in Ontario essentially bar such a practice. Instead, they suggested civic leaders come up with money on their own to bring in new flights.

With Ontario, some don't know much about geography

May 4, 2013

In an editorial last Sunday advocating that a long-discussed new runway be built at LAX, the Los Angeles Times ended with a putdown of Ontario International Airport:
"As for the so-called regional solution, it will at best be a supplement to a modern, efficient and safe LAX. And for goodness' sake, before trying to do anything else with Ontario airport, change the name so unhappy passengers who get rerouted there due to heavy coastal fog will at least know they're not being flown to a wind-swept wheat field somewhere in central Canada. "

EDITORIAL: Keep pushing for local control of Ontario airport

May 1, 2013

Official neglect will not reverse Ontario International Airport’s sagging fortunes. Los Angeles officials should work toward putting the Inland airport under local control, to give it a better chance of thriving. The airport needs management focused on ensuring the facility’s success, rather than on preventing it from draining traffic from Los Angeles.

Council OKs moving LAX runway as part of $4.76-billion upgrade

April 30, 2013

The ongoing modernization of Los Angeles International Airport gained momentum Tuesday when the City Council approved $4.76 billion in additional improvements, including a controversial plan to move the northernmost runway closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

The vote was a defeat for airport activists and community organizations that have fought to halt the runway project, which they charge would lead to an expansion of the nation's sixth-busiest airport and increase air pollution, noise and traffic congestion in their neighborhoods.

LA County supervisors pass motion urging local control for ONT

April 30, 2013

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has passed a motion urging Los Angeles World Airports and the city of Los Angeles transfer control of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local agency.

LAWA currently oversees ONT and Los Angeles International Airport.

The supervisors passed the motion, without discussion, during today's meeting at the Hall of Administration in Los Angeles.

Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT

April 29, 2013

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the agency that oversees LA/Ontario International Airport return it to local control.

The supervisors are expected to introduce their motion today, urging Los Angeles World Airports - the agency that oversees ONT and Los Angeles International Airport - to turn over control of ONT to a local agency.

In their motion, the supervisors ask that LAWA "make good" on a 2006 settlement agreement that required the agency redistribute air traffic throughout the region.

ONTARIO: New LA mayor could change ONT’s fate

April 29, 2013

At 5 p.m. Friday, when Inland freeways were clogged with weekend-getaway travelers, Ontario International Airport looked like a ghost town.

As our Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago trundled to the terminal, only a single jetliner was at the gates. Ours made two.

Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner is right.

If local control of ONT isn’t restored soon, it’s going to be beyond saving. The Inland airport will be dead.