Column: Flying to Austin costs ‘im from ONT

I had to weigh the benefits vs. the cost of flying from ONT before purchasing my ticket to Austin. An unexpected benefit: the in-flight announcements on Southwest. And Austin itself has one of the best airports I’ve been to. Following that come some cultural items and one about upgrades to the Ontario library’s children’s room. All of this is in Friday’s column.

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  • Doug Evans

    I’ve always been pulling for Ontario Airport as the Little Underdog that Could (mashing together two metaphors). If I recall, Ontario had just completely revamped its interior right before 9/11, which killed whatever business they were undoubtedly hoping to get from friends and family members of passengers. They do have Authors bookstore, though, from which I purchased a Doctor Who book last November!

  • SAWZ

    My grandson flew round-trip from Tampa to Ontario, on American, using free miles that I earned, two months prior to 9/11. I went to the airport one hour before he arrived and waited for him at the gate. Took him back the same way. Then 9/11 happened,. We learned that the lead terrorist, Mohammad Atta, had received his training at the Venice, Florida airport where my grandchildren had been living across the street for two years and had possibly watched him practice takeoff and landing. I traumatized! Until that time we had flown in and out of Tampa, on American, every year, for the previous 12 years. Haven’t gone since.

    The old Ontario airport was so busy that you couldn’t even get out of the parking lot on a Sunday night. These two new terminals are beautiful–the businesses on the gate-level are expected to survive with the business of ticketed passengers only, because of 9/11–no wonder they can’t make it. What a crock the City of LA is giving Ontario by not using these new terminals to their fullest potential. A passenger departing Ontario to Portland should not have to lay-over in Sacramento or San Jose, or Oakland, for two hours on the way, and someone flying to Hawaii should be able to fly from Ontario. The City of LA needs to sell that airport back to the City of Ontario! It is a lesson, I hope, to anyone thinking about giving up their existing control of anything valuable, and trusting that they are going to care for it like you did.

    • davidallen909

      Good point about terminal businesses having to survive based on ticketed passengers only, not friends and family.

  • SAWZ

    Yes, the pre-flight announcements on Southwest are a crackup. One time we were told that if the plane went down in the ocean, we needed to put our arms through the straps of the seat cushion to use it as a flotation device and paddle, paddle, paddle.

    • davidallen909

      Ha!