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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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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New ONT Federal Security Director named

Martin Elam has been named the Federal Security director at LA/Ontario International and Palms Springs International airports, the Transportation Security Administration announced.

According to TSA spokesman, Nico Melendez, Elam was named late last week. He previously served as the FSD at Midway International Airport in Chicago  since 2010 where he managed 480 Federal airport security staff.

Here is the bio for Martin Elam.

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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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