Holiday travel season at ONT

The holiday season is now upon us which also means travelers need to remember to make extra accommodations when flying out of LA/Ontario International.

Officials at ONT have issued an advisory reminding the public to arrive at least 90 minutes early. They warn travelers to give themselves enough time, especially at Terminal 4 which has the airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.

“Because of ONT’s convenience factor, travelers assume they can arrive at the airport 15 to 20 minutes before their flight departs, which is a big mistake,” said Jess Romo, Airport Manager in a statement.

So want to know when are the busiest times at ONT?  Between 4:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., according to officials.

The holiday season also means travelers will be taking their gift with them. Visit the TSA website to see what you can take in your luggage or carry onboard at www.tsa.gov.

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LAWA president denies request to meet at ONT

Don’t expect Los Angeles World Airports’ governing body to hold a board meeting at LA/Ontario International Airport anytime soon.

LAWA’s Board of Airport Commissioners president Michael Lawson denied an April request extending an invitation that they hold a meeting in Ontario.

Alan Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, sent a letter on April 17, just days after Ontario filed a claim to dissolve the Joint Powers Agreement between the two cities and LAWA, which manages ONT, LAX and Van Nuys airports. The city eventually filed a lawsuit on June 3.

Lawson’s letter fires back at the OIAA for what he described as “false allegations of chronic neglect and mismanagement” there were made in the claim.

“I have no intention of staging a public meeting to provide the OIAA or the city of Ontario a platform to repeat such false claims or engage in other public displays that do nothing to substantively advance the goal of improving passenger and cargo traffic at LA/Ontario Airport,” Lawson wrote in his response dated May 2.

Here are the LAWA and OIAA letters.

Visit www.dailybulletin.com/ONT later today for the full story.

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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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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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