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ONTARIO: Passenger traffic takes a nosedive at ONT

June 26, 2013

Once again, the numbers tell the story. Passenger numbers are up at LAX, down at Ontario International Airport. LAX enjoyed nearly a 5 percent increase in May, compared to May 2012. ONT suffered a 9.33 percent drop, the biggest month-over-month decline since 2011. Last summer, a spokeswoman said the Inland airport had reached a “stable low.” No. It has continued its downward trajectory since 2007. When you compare the first five months of this year to the same period last year, LAX is up 3.62 percent, ONT down 7.99 percent.

Long lines at ONT?

June 26, 2013

Ever encounter issues or long wait times while going through the checkpoint at LA/Ontario International Airport? (I’ve been meaning to get to this item since last week but it’s been a little busy.) Jim Bowman, at last week’s Ontario International Airport Authority, brought up an issue he recently noticed while traveling through the airport – a long line that had formed to go through the first checkpoint. “I noticed a rather extraordinary long line of what should have been manned by someone, instead there was an abandoned TSA station,” he said.

Tiny fraction of overspending on LAX project could boost ONT

June 25, 2013

Audits released Friday of the massive Los Angeles International Airport expansion project show that Los Angeles World Airports' needless overspending on the project exceeds by orders of magnitude the agency's spending to promote L.A./Ontario International Airport. LAWA's insufficient marketing of ONT is one of the central points of Ontario's lawsuit seeking to end LAWA's control of ONT. Ontario claims that LAWA breached its 1967 management agreement in which the agency promised to do its best to attract air service and passengers to ONT.

Audits are critical of agency managing LAX modernization project

June 21, 2013

The agency spending billions of dollars to modernize Los Angeles International Airport needs more financial oversight and relies on too many costly consultants, and a large number of change orders has driven some of the work over budget, according to a series of new audits by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Released late Friday, the audits evaluate the financial management of Los Angeles World Airports and its current $4.1-billion program to improve the Tom Bradley International Terminal, taxiways and the main utility plant at LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world.

ONT passenger traffic decline to enter sixth year

June 20, 2013

ONTARIO >> With no signs of turning the corner, L.A./Ontario International Airport will see a decline in air service for the sixth year in a row, according to a recent report to the Ontario International Airport Authority. Aviation consultant Nick Johnson told the authority ONT is on track to handle fewer than 4 million passengers, 25 percent of its capability, this year. The nine-page report evaluated several factors -- passenger growth, air service, and seat capacity -- which all pointed to continued declines at ONT.

LETTER: Let’s get control of ONT

June 20, 2013

In an online search for airline tickets to attend a family reunion in Pittsburgh, I encountered a “pop-up” offering a $150 savings if I departed from LAX on an airline that also flies from Ontario International Airport. Since I came to Corona more than 13 years ago, I’ve always tried to use ONT because of ease of access, parking safety and fast check-in procedures. The times I’ve picked up friends or relatives from the Orange County airport, it’s more nightmare than fun because of traffic, parking troubles and the volume of people waiting for their baggage.

LAWA board president denies request for ONT meeting

June 19, 2013

ONTARIO -- Don't expect Los Angeles World Airports' governing body to hold a board meeting at L.A./Ontario International Airport anytime soon. LAWA's Board of Airport Commissioners president Michael Lawson has denied an April invitation to meet in Ontario. Alan Wapner, the president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, sent a letter on April 17, just days after Ontario filed a claim to dissolve the joint-powers agreement between the two cities and LAWA, which manages ONT, LAX and Van Nuys airports. The city eventually filed a lawsuit on June 3.

ONTARIO: LA's airport attention too little too late

June 19, 2013

The 11th hour attentions of Los Angeles officials to Ontario International Airport should be seen for what they are: window dressing, hollow words, hypocrisy. On June 6, three days after Ontario sued LA to regain local control of the declining Inland airport, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered to reopen negotiations on a transfer of ONT — if Ontario would drop the lawsuit. Villaraigosa leaves office on June 30 after eight years. He went old-school to get his offer to his Ontario counterpart. He sent it U.S. mail, didn’t even email a copy.

Lou Desmond AM590 the latest efforts to regain local control of Ontario Airport

June 18, 2013

Thank you to Lou Desmond AM590 for hosting Ontario Council Member Alan Wapner and Press Enterprise Reporter Cassie MacDuff for a conversation about the latest efforts to regain local control of Ontario Airport.  Click on the link below for the June 18th show and fast forward to 15:05 for the complete interview.  Set ONTario Free!

ONTARIO: Downward spiral continues at Inland airport

June 17, 2013

The best part of flying out of Ontario International Airport has been the absence of long lines. It has made ONT a delight compared to LAX. But recently, passengers have been kept waiting at a ground-floor security checkpoint before they’re even allowed upstairs to go through the metal detectors and full-body scanners. Is this a deliberate plot by Los Angeles World Airports to make ONT unpleasant, to push even more passengers to LAX? (LAWA owns both.) It’s hard not to wonder when Ontario has lost 45 percent of its passenger volume since the 2008 recession, while LAX is rebounding.