The declining passenger traffic figures may be taking a toll on the tenants inside the twin terminals at LA/Ontario International Airport.
The Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurant in Terminal 2 has been temporarily shut down, airport officials confirmed.
Maria Tesoro-Fermin, spokeswoman for the airport said it “is an item that will be discussed by LAWA and Delaware North Companies (the restaurant’s operator at ONT) in the very near future.”
Los Angeles World Airports manages ONT, Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports.
It is widely known that many of the eateries and stores inside the two terminals at ONT often close early.
The news of the closure comes as airport officials released passenger traffic figures for ONT which shows the airport saw a 5.4 decline in 2012 compared to 2011. In December alone the airport saw a 7 percent decline from the same month in 2011.
But airport officials say they are trying to address the issues.
Late last year, airport officials said airlines at ONT that bring in new flights could benefit by having their rental fees waived for two years or aided by a $500,000 marketing campaign.
Those were among the three incentive proposals – aimed to increased flights coming into the troubled facility – outlined by ONT officials
Officials last year also made several attempts to develop a marketing plan for ONT but nothing was approved by the agency’s governing board.
“Work on the cooperative marketing and incentive programs is ongoing even though the airlines have not endorsed these initiatives up this point,” she said. “We expect to share more details on these initiatives in the coming months.”