Ontario International Airport

An Alaska Airlines jet takes off from Ontario International Airport near the Ontario Convention Center. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2013 11:37:47 AM PDT
Updated: 04/30/2013 07:36:59 PM PDT

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has joined more than 100 government entities and officials calling into question the management of L.A./Ontario International Airport and advocating it would be better under local control.

Supervisors passed a motion on Tuesday urging Los Angeles World Airports and the city of Los Angeles to transfer control of Ontario agency. LAWA oversees Ontario and Los Angeles International airports.

The board’s support for local management of the mid-sized airport will be detailed in a letter to be sent to LAWA as well as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Ontario Mayor Paul Leon.

“I am pleased that the board approved my motion to support the city of Ontario’s efforts to regain control of its airport. LAWA and the city of Los Angeles should be held to the 2006 settlement agreement, which expires in 2015, in which they committed, among several key priorities, to focus on regionalization of air traffic in order to avoid a lawsuit,” Supervisor Don Knabe said in a statement.

The motion was co-authored by Knabe, who has been critical of LAWA’s management in recent months.

“Unfortunately, all evidence suggests that they have not made a good faith effort, so they should negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement that gives local control back to Ontario. This would benefit the whole region now and also prepare us for future growth,” he said.

For more than three years, Ontario officials have been waged in a battle with LAWA over the cause of significant passenger traffic decline at Ontario Airport in recent years.

Airport officials have blamed the economy and a change in the way airlines do business for Ontario Airport’s struggles. Airlines have shifted their operations in recent years and reduced the frequency of flights.

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