Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/16 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Congressman Ken Calvert’s legislation to facilitate the transfer of Ontario airport’s ownership from the city of Los Angeles to a local authority has been included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

The reauthorization bill, which addresses airport security and screening lines, was expected to be approved by the House on Friday but has been delayed until next week. The Senate is expected to vote on it soon after the House.

The FAA extension is a must-pass bill that President Obama needs to sign into law by July 15 or face a partial shutdown of the agency.

In January, Calvert, R-Corona, introduced HR 4369, which would take future passenger fees at ONT to help pay off the cost for the two terminals, a 2015 condition of turning over the airport to the Ontario International Airport Authority.

“I have been working tirelessly to get this bill signed into law, so I am delighted to have it included in the FAA reauthorization bill that will be headed to the White House in the very near future,” Calvert said in a statement. “The Inland Empire has waited far too long to have local control of Ontario Airport — but with the passage of this bill that wait will soon be over.”