Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 09/13/2012 05:10:02 PM PDT

Special Section: ONT Rentgal fees Classic

ONTARIO – Airlines at L.A./Ontario International that bring in new flights could benefit by having their rental fees waived for two years or aided by a $500,000 marketing campaign.

Those were among the three incentive proposals – aimed to increased flights coming into the troubled facility – outlined by ONT officials in the letter it sent last month to carriers at the airport.

The letter released Wednesday reveals that one of the plans is in response to a proposal submitted by the airlines earlier this year.

“LAWA remains committed to lowering operating costs where opportunities exist to do so and to lowering the average cost to the airlines on a unit basis, recognizing that underlying traffic declines have made this effort very challenging,” ONT’s manager Jess Romo states in the letter.

The letter addressing an incentive plan at ONT was sent out Aug. 2 to the airlines.

They were given until last Friday to respond to the letter about the proposal, but were provided an extension through the middle of this week, Romo said.

The letter has been given to the Airlines Affairs Committee, which is made up of representatives from the carriers at ONT.

ONT officials expect to receive a unified response from the committee regarding the plan, which could reduce the rental rates for airlines that increase flights at ONT.

Herman Hettinger, the airport property manger for United Parcel Services, is one of the committee members who received the letter.

Mike Mangeot, spokesman for UPS, said the committee would not discuss the letter until after Monday’s Board of Airport Commissioners meeting.

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