Endorsements soar for transferring control of Ontario airport
At least 110 government agencies, elected officials, civic organizations and business groups in Southern California have now endorsed a proposal to shift control of LA/Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles to the city of Ontario.
According to proponents of the transfer, support has come in the form of endorsement letters, editorials, city council resolutions and public pronouncements calling on Los Angeles to relinquish control of the airport.
“The Set Ontario Free movement has exceeded our greatest expectations and continues to gain momentum,” said Ontario City Council member Alan D. Wapner. “This vital issue has united Southern California as never before.”
Ontario officials have been concerned about a steep drop in passengers that has occurred under the management of Los Angeles World Airports, which also operates Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.
Ontario’s traffic volume has plummeted from 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to 4.6 million last year, one of the worst declines in the nation. While other similar airports are recovering from the economic recession, the latest reports show that Ontario is continuing to lose passengers.
Among the public officials supporting Ontario are members of Congress, state legislators, county supervisors, city council members and mayors. Endorsements also have come from regional planning agencies, economic councils and 20 municipalities in Los Angeles County alone.
-- Dan Weikel
Photo: Support is building to relinquish support of the Ontario airport, pictured, from Los Angeles to the city of Ontario. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times