Ontario International Airport

United Airlines jet lands Monday November 9, 2015 at LA/ONT International Airport. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/09/15 – 10:12 AM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> A deal could be finalized as early as next month to transfer control of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority.

Attorneys for Los Angeles and Ontario were present at Riverside Superior Court Monday morning to provide an update on the deal that would hand over control to the Ontario International Airport Authority. The deal is expected to go to a Los Angeles City Council subcommittee in the first week of December and then to the council by the middle of the month, according to L.A.’s attorney.

Judge Gary Tranbarger initially suggested that both cities report back in three months on the status of the deal.

Andre Cronthall, Ontario’s attorney, pushed for an earlier date.

“We want to keep this moving on track quickly,” he told the judge. “If action hasn’t been taken by early December, then we want to see you quickly thereafter.”

Ontario officials hope to submit the application for the certificate to operate the airport to the Federal Aviation Administration by January. The FAA approval process is expected to take four months, and control of the airport is expected to be turned over to the OIAA by July 1.

Despite Cronthall’s request to be back in court by Dec. 18 for a status update, Tranbarger felt a court date after the holidays would be better.

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