The Los Angeles Times recently conducted a thorough interview of all the mayoral candidates asking them a range of topics including LA/Ontario International Airport. Yup, that’s right. The competing newspaper asking the candidates what they thought about local control and if they’ed be in favor of selling the medium-hub airport.
Several of the candidates (I’m sure to the delight of Ontario officials) have expressed their favor of local ownership but didn’t really seem to favor selling the airport.
To read the responses for yourself, click here
Once you are on the page click the transportation link on the left side. Then, scroll down to question 12.
A couple of months ago I wrote about the Ontario Airport Alliance which is comprised of prominent community and business leaders who feel it is now up to this region to mobilize efforts for local control.
The alliance will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the San Manuel Club at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.
At this meeting attendees will have an opportunity to meet and work with business and community leaders to develop strategies for increasing the economic benefits the airport provides to the Southern California Region.
OAA President, Steve PonTell will also have an update on the latest news and studies regarding Ontario Airport.
Citizens Business Bank Arena-San Manuel Club is at 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.
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.”
For the first time this year, passenger traffic decline at LA/Ontario International Airport is nearly flat from the same period last year.
Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports shows traffic for the month of October was down by just 0.8 percent. A total of 366,161 passengers traveled in and out of the airport compared to the 369,051 passengers that used the airport in 2011.
Despite a slowdown in the decline, overall passenger traffic still paints a picture of the woes facing ONT. Traffic at ONT was down 5.2 percent for the year compared to the same period last year.
Passenger traffic in 2012 is estimated to total 4.2 million, a 5.5 percent drop from 2011, a consultant said. That’s the same level of passengers who went through ONT in 1986.
It has been nearly four years since Ontario officials waged a battle for local control of the airport, which has annually lost millions of passengers in that time frame.
Cargo at ONT appears to have rebounded from the 7 percent drop in September. October figures show a 4.8 percent increase from the same period in 2011. Overall, Cargo traffic is up 9.5 percent for the first 10 months of the year.
Councilman Alan Wapner this week spoke to a group of community and business leaders in Riverside in what was one of his most candid discussions regarding the airport.
Wapner was discussing the future of LA/Ontario International Airport with Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. For more than an hour, Wapner talked and even joked about what it’s been like the past four years attempting to regain control of the struggling facility from Los Angeles World Airports.
He even joked about the newly formed Ontario International Airport Authority,which would manage the airport if Los Angeles turns over control.
“It’s kind of fun having an airport authority without having an airport. We have meetings, we talk about this airport we don’t have,” he said.
The future of L.A./Ontario International Airport will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at UC Riverside Extension, at the CE-CERT Building, 1084 Columbia Ave. in Riverside. Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge and Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner, both members of the Ontario International Airport Authority, will examine the airport’s future during the Randall Lewis Seminar Series.
Seating is limited and registration is required. Information: 951-827-5535
Click for registration info: http://or.ucr.edu/event/index.aspx
I’m sure you’re wondering what’s going on with the newly formed Ontario International Airport Authority. Well, I’m glad you asked. The alliance will be holding its second meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Ontario City Hall, 303 E. B St. The authority is expected to discuss the latest passenger traffic figures at the airport.