Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/19/2013 01:20:06 PM PST
Updated: 01/19/2013 10:56:49 PM PST

ONTARIO – Cost-cutting measures in the 2011-2012 fiscal year resulted in $7million savings for carriers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, officials said.

The news comes as officials welcomed the airport’s first new air service in 18 months – a nonstop daily flight to Reno – last week.

“Ontario staff continue to work on ways to improve service to the airlines,” said airport manager Jess Romo.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, ONT was able to draw more savings by further reducing staff, overtime, administration fees and materials, Romo said.

Another factor was cutting airlines’ expenses, such as landing fees and terminal rental rates. The budgeted rates for the fiscal year:

Landing fees: $2.32 per 1,000 pounds.

Terminal rental rates: $156.38 per square foot

But the reductions made by ONT staff resulted in a landing fee of $1.97 per 1,000 pounds, 15 percent less than budgeted, and a terminal rental rate of $121.30 per square foot, 22 percent less than budgeted.

“The net effect was a refund to the carriers in excess of $7.1 million,” Romo said.

ONT’s fees and rental rates are based on recovering the difference between the full costs of operating and revenues received at the airport.

“Los Angeles World Airports continues to work on projects that will create cost-saving initiatives, revenue and air service opportunities, and projects to develop a true and comprehensive marketing strategy to position ONT as an attractive transportation facility,” said Mary Grady spokeswoman for Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International and the Ontario and Van Nuys airports.

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