Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. wants the Los Angeles World Airports to work with Ontario to bring an end to the decline of the Ontario airport, which the Inland Empire city contends is due to the LAWA’s lack of support. The Associated Press

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:07 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Los Angeles should work with Ontario to improve passenger traffic numbers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein charged in a letter this week sent to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The letter dated Wednesday did not address a lawsuit filed in June by the city of Ontario, which is seeking to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles, the facility’s manager since 1967. Earlier this month, the two sides agreed to put the suit on temporary hold as they work out a solution.

“I have heard deep concerns from many business and community leaders that the decline of ONT traffic will have a long lasting, negative regional impact on the Inland Empire,” Feinstein wrote to Garcetti. “I urge you to reach out to Inland Empire leaders to develop a cooperative strategy to address the challenges at the airport.”

The major challenge is attracting airlines. Ontario airport has lost almost half of its passenger traffic since 2007, a decline Los Angeles World Airports officials, who declined to comment for this report, have blamed mostly on challenging economic conditions in the Inland Empire and a shift in airline business models that has most carriers focusing on major urban airports. Ontario leaders, however, say the city has mismanaged the airport.

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