Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2013 11:10:55 AM PDT
Updated: 04/29/2013 07:05:51 PM PDT
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Special Section: Ontario airport Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the agency that oversees LA/Ontario International Airport return it to local control.
The supervisors are expected to introduce their motion today, urging Los Angeles World Airports – the agency that oversees ONT and Los Angeles International Airport – to turn over control of ONT to a local agency.
In their motion, the supervisors ask that LAWA “make good” on a 2006 settlement agreement that required the agency redistribute air traffic throughout the region.
“LAWA should demonstrate its commitment to regionalization by returning control of the Ontario International Airport to the city of Ontario,” Knabe said in a statement. “For the past several years, we have seen passenger traffic at ONT decline dramatically, resulting in a huge negative economic impact, lost jobs and more congestion at LAX. Future growth in air transportation demand should be spread across the Southern California region. The first step is returning control of its airport to the city of Ontario. ”
The motion also states Los Angeles and LAWA should continue negotiations with Ontario. Last week, LA’s top administrative officer said negotiations had ended between the two sides, citing the administrative claim filed by Ontario.
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