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.

Economist John Husing blasts L.A.'s management of Ontario airport

April 18, 2013

ONTARIO -- Inland Empire economist John Husing is not backing down from his harsh criticism of Los Angeles World Airports - the agency that operates L.A./Ontario International Airport - saying Thursday LAWA has deliberately run operations at the midsize airport down to the ground.

On Wednesday, at a forum on the Inland Empire's economy, Husing left no doubt how he felt about LAWA's handling of ONT, saying "LAWA can go to hell."

He said Wednesday that airport management, not the economy, is to blame for ONT's struggles.

ONTARIO AIRPORT: Don’t blame Inland city for claim

April 15, 2013
Since passenger numbers went into free fall at Ontario International Airport, local officials have been trying to sprint to its rescue.
But Los Angeles World Airports seems determined to slow-walk the Inland airport off a cliff.

For four years, Inland leaders have been pleading with LAWA officials to do something to turn things around at ONT, where passenger volume is the lowest it has been in 26 years.

It's good to see negotiations over Ontario airport heating up: Opinion

April 12, 2013

Not only did Ontario reject Los Angeles World Airport's offer to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport back to Ontario for $474.5 million, but the inland city followed up with the precursor to a lawsuit against LAWA and the city of Los Angeles -- much to the dismay of L.A. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana.