Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/28/2012 11:53:56 AM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a joint-powers agreement with Ontario to guide marketing and development of the distressed L.A./Ontario International Airport should the city acquire it from Los Angeles.

Supervisor Gary Ovitt, whose district includes the airport, will sit on the five-member commission governing the Ontario International Airport Authority. The Ontario City Council appointed council members Alan Wapner and Jim Bowman to serve on the commission board when it approved the joint exercise-of-powers agreement on Aug. 21.

The goal of the Airport Authority is to have a solid plan of action in place and ready to go, should the city of Los Angeles hand control of the airport over to Ontario, county Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux said.

Key to turning the airport around, Devereaux said, will be to assure airlines that doing business at Ontario is more cost-effective.

Getting there, however, is the trick, he said.

“We’ve got to get those costs down to have hope of getting additional flights, and especially low cost carriers,” Devereaux said.

The Ontario City Council is expected to appoint two prominent members of the community to the commission board in early or mid-September, Councilman Alan Wapner said.

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