California Courts of Appeal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The city of Ontario was dealt another setback in its lawsuit to regain control of LA/Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles, on Wednesday.

The Riverside-based Fourth District Court of Appeal has denied a petition, filed by Ontario, which asked the Appeals Court to overturn Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask’s ruling, which said that the 1967 Transfer Agreement handing airport control to Los Angeles was “voidable”, but however the statute of limitations to do just that had expired back in 1989.

The case is currently set for an August trial date on what amounts to essentially breach of contract claim and bad faith claims.

A severe economic downturn, which started in 2008, dramatically curtailed passenger and freight traffic at the airport. But Ontario officials contend that Los Angeles World Airports intentionally plundered operations at Ontario for the economic benefit of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Ontario has, so far, been unsuccessful in its quest to to regain ownership and control of the airport, which has started to see incremental gains in activity in line with a somewhat improved local economy.