New parking option at ONT airport

Travelers at LA/Ontario International Airport now have another option for affordable parking spaces. A fairly new service, Greenbee Parking, connects customers with vacancies nearby the airport.

“The parking spaces are very affordable because the company has negotiated discounted rates with major hotel chains for the parking spaces that are not currently occupied,” according to A little more on how it works.


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Is it Ontario International Airport or LA/Ontario International Airport?

At Tuesday’s meeting councilman Alan Wapner stated during public comments that he has noticed a change in name for L.A./Ontario International Airport.

Wapner said he has noticed it is now referred to as, Ontario International Airport.

I wasn’t able to connect with Wapner after tonight’s meeting to see if he was referring to the new marketing campaign – unveiled by Los Angeles World Airports – as his reasoning for the name change. Continue reading

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ONT GM campaigning for better air carrier presence

There is a misconception that LA/Ontario International Airport’s costs are significantly more than all other airports in the region, says the general manager of the medium-hub facility.

Jess Romo, general manager of the airport, said he also wants to make it clear that the agency that runs ONT is not manipulating costs specifically to benefit Los Angeles International Airport.

Ontario officials, which have been fighting to regain control of the airport, have claimed Los Angeles World Airports has ignored ONT at the benefit of LAX, one of the busiest airports in the nation.

Inland officials also say the airport is too expensive for airlines to do business and has not appropriately been marketed the facility in recent years.

Romo, who has been the general manager at ONT since 2006, explained how the costs and fees assessed to the airlines is based on several circumstances, and not a decision set by the agency.

“What an airport charges an airline to operate at a facility represents 5 percent or 15 percent of their total operating expenses,” Romo said. Continue reading

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Hearing on ONT lawsuit set for later this month

The first hearing in the lawsuit filed by Ontario which aims to dissolve an almost 50-year-old agreement with Los Angeles to operate L.A./Ontario International Airport is scheduled for Sept. 25 at Riverside County Superior Court.

Ontario filed the lawsuit June 4 seeking to regain control of ONT.

“The court may either take the matter under advisement or issue its decision on Los Angeles’ preliminary motions at that time,” said Roy Goldberg, the attorney representing Ontario in its lawsuit.

Los Angeles has made a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the claims are not legally relevant, he said.

Michael Lawson, former president of Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners, has also denied Ontario’s claim.

“There is no sound, legal or factual basis for this claim,” Lawson said at a meeting earlier this summer.

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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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ONT passenger traffic continues downward trend

Traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport continues to fall. Figures for June show an 8.48 percent drop from the same month the previous year. A total of 341,967 passengers traveled in and out of the airport.

For the first half of the year, activity at the airport is down 8 percent compared to the first six months in 2012. A total of 1.9 million passengers have passed through ONT.

As the downward trend continues comes news out of The Desert Sun that there are improvements being made at Palm Springs International Airport in anticipation of future growth.

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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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Los Angeles mayoral candidates discuss ONT

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.

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Restaurant closes at ONT

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.”
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Councilman addresses Riverside group on ONT

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.

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