Los Angeles World Airports

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 9:02 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario has raised new allegations that purport to show a Los Angeles agency abandoned efforts to market L.A./Ontario International Airport in favor of multi-billion dollar projects at Los Angeles International Airport.

The allegations are raised in a court document filed by Ontario on Friday afternoon in Riverside Superior Court.

Ontario’s attorneys unloaded more than 200 pages of electronic files containing records, email exchanges and depositions to show that key officials at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates the Ontario airport, stopped paying attention to ONT.

According to those records, LAWA officials believed it would take several years before there would be a turnaround in ONT’s declining passenger traffic.

Attorneys for Ontario aim to show that LAWA has a conflict of interest in running both LAX and ONT. Ontario’s attorneys allege that LAWA needed to make $4 billion in improvements at LAX and that a loss in passenger traffic there could impede project deadlines because of less revenue.

“Allowing a business to operate and control its competitor is never in the public interest and undermines the free market system upon which this nation thrives,” Ontario argues in its motion.

In September, Los Angeles filed a motion asking the court to determine whether certain documents, including the 1967 Joint Powers Agreement transferring operation of ONT from Ontario to Los Angeles, are subject to termination. Ontario’s filing on Friday in opposition to the L.A. motion argues that Ontario’s lawsuit seeking to terminate the joint powers agreement and give control of the airport to an Inland Empire authority should proceed.

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