Ontario councilman raises concern about Torrance ad

It was only meant to draw people out to the beach, not cause a controversy.

An advertisement promoting the city of Torrance that has appeared in the Daily Bulletin has Alan Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, concerned it is an attempt to “poach business” from the Inland Empire city.

Wapner recently said he felt the ad was meant to capitalize on LA/Ontario International Airport’s dwindling passenger activity and aimed at Ontario as a way to lure business to Torrance. The South Bay city is near Los Angeles International Airport. Continue reading

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Long lines at ONT?

Ever encounter issues or long wait times while going through the checkpoint at LA/Ontario International Airport?

(I’ve been meaning to get to this item since last week but it’s been a little busy.)

Jim Bowman, at last week’s Ontario International Airport Authority, brought up an issue he recently noticed while traveling through the airport – a long line that had formed to go through the first checkpoint.

“I noticed a rather extraordinary long line of what should have been manned by someone, instead there was an abandoned TSA station,” he said.

Bowman said there was nobody there to process travelers.

This might be something that the new Federal Security director at ONT, Martin Elam, may handle or want to address in the future.

But that’s not all. Bowman, a longtime Ontario Councilman, said he was disappointed in the airport’s appearance.

“Service is everything, appearance is everything and the outside of the airport looks atrocious,” he said.

According to Bowman the grass near Terminal 4 has grown a nearly a foot tall.

“These are situations that a good partner doesn’t make with an asset of such value,” he said. “This exudes the reasons that L.A. is so far away and just doesn’t care about Ontario.”

ONT is managed by Los Angeles World Airports.

Have you ever encountered similar issues? Let me know.

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ONT May traffic figures down

May passenger traffic figures for LA/Ontario International Airport declined 9 .3 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since October 2011.

Back in 2011 ONT experienced a 10.2 percent decline in passenger traffic compared from the same month in 2010.

Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Wednesday show ONT recorded 339,082 travelers this past May as opposed to the 373,975 that utilized the twin terminals in May 2012.

Overall, there was a nearly 8 percent decline in the amount of travelers coming in and out of ONT for the first four months of the year compared to the same time frame in 2012.

To date, 1.6 million passengers have utilized the airport.

In air cargo, there was a nearly 3 percent decline in May compared to the same time frame in May 2012.  For the year, the amount of air cargo tonnage moved through the Inland Empire facility was up 1.2 compared to the firs four months in 2012.

In a report to the Ontario International Airport Authority earlier this month. Nick Johnson, aviation consultant told the board there could be a 10.7 percent decline in seats scheduled at ONT this past May.

But Johnson told the authority ONT is on track to handle fewer than 4 million passengers , 25 percent of its capability, this year.

Although there is still a downward trend in passenger traffic at ONT, it is not as severe as the days when it was  experiencing double-digit declines — some as high as 30 percent —  on a monthly basis.

 

 

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What’s ONT’s tipping point?

LA/Ontario International Airport may be capable of 12 million annual passengers but projections show it may only handle fewer than 4 million passengers this year – 25 percent of its capacity.

And that decline is noticeable in the terminals which are empty and quieter. Less than 70 percent of people now traveling in and out of the airport compared to pique activity only a couple of years ago.

It’s this scenario that has Ontario International Airport Authority president Alan Wapner wondering what is Ontario’s tipping point, what could force the closure of the airport?

“There’s got to be a minimum operating costs at the airport. I want to find out what that is and what’s the tipping point of survival at ONT,” Wapner asked. “People have got to wake up and understand you can’t continue this steep downward spiral into infinity.” Continue reading

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LA/Ontario International Airport in the news

It’s only Tuesday and we already have a bevy of ONT news to share:

At yesterday’s Ontario International Airport Authority meeting consultant Nick Johnson gave a presentation on LA/Ontario International Airport’s outlook and performance. I’ll have a story up later today on the website but in the meantime here’s the OIAA outlook report

At Monday’s meeting OIAA president Alan Wapner mentioned that he had received a response from Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners president, Michael Lawson, regarding his request to have a meeting in Ontario.

According to Wapner, Lawson denied the request. I’m working on getting a copy of both letters. Here’s the story I wrote back in April (for some reason I could only find a live link on Redlands Daily Facts’ site) discussing OIAA’s invitation to the Board of Airport Commissioners.

Tonight, the Ontario City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the initiation of impasse appeal proceedings with the Los Angeles County Airport Land Use Commission. Here is the agenda.

On today’s site:

Too little too late?: Did “snail mail” kill an opportunity for Los Angeles and Ontario to meet and strike a deal to return ONT to local control? Here’s the story about LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asking to reopen negotiations with Ontario.

What do you think about the move?

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