United Airlines has announced it will add a fifth flight to San Francisco out of LA/Ontario International Airport starting in December.
The announcement was made this morning. Tickets for the new flight, which begins Dec. 19, are already available on United.com. (Too bad this flight wasn’t announced yesterday when a glitch in the airline’s system allowed customers to purchase tickets as low as $0.)
Could this be the start of a turnaround at ONT?
Last week, my colleague Brian Sumers reported on Aeromexico’s decision to offer daily service to Guadalajara and low-cost carrier Volaris applying to serve ONT.
Later this month ONT, LA Tourism, and AeroMexico will co-hosting an event to promote AeroMexico’s service at the airport. The event is expected to bring together travel agents from the southern California region. AeroMexico and other Latin American carriers still use travel agents as a major source for booking flights.
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
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.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to connect with Jess Romo, general
ONT ad on the SigAlert.com site
manager at LA/Ontario International Airport, to get a better understanding about the new marketing plan at the medium-hub airport.
Here’s one story that I wrote briefly discussing the plan and here is another one my colleague Brian Sumers wrote when the funds were approved.
One of the plans was to help airlines – who offer new service – with up to $150,000 in marketing funds. I haven’t seen any ONT-related ads from airlines (that I know of) but I have seen more ads from LAWA in recent weeks.
The campaign launched July 1 but I noticed ads promoting ONT days before that. Today, as I was perusing SigAlert.com I noticed the image above. When I clicked on the link it took me to LA/ONT – The Facts.
LA/ONT– The Facts website
This is the first online ad I’ve seen for ONT that didn’t involve the SetONTFree folks.
The Facts link is something that LAWA created more than a year ago.
I’m not the only one who noticed ads, our editorial department weighed in on the issue.
Have you noticed the ad on the web before? Let me know.
I haven’t seen any information from Los Angeles World Airports about tips on Fourth of July holiday/ summer travel for LA/Ontario International Airport.
So I thought I would share some tips I have received from John Wayne Airport, which expects an increase in holiday travel starting today through July 7.
If any of you are like Gary Ovitt, a member of Ontario International Airport Authority and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, who said (if ONT is not an option) he would fly anywhere other than Los Angeles International Airport, than this information will be helpful for you.
Surprise, you can’t bring fireworks with you (the fact that this is included in the release makes me think this issue is more common than you think).
More tips from John Wayne Airport:
Travel Tips for Passengers and Visitors:
- Arrive 90 minutes to two-hours before the flight departure time to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre✓™ can expedite the screening process in Terminal A.
- Drivers picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to utilize 2-hour parking spaces, located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C, as some portions of the white curb are closed due to construction.
Parking Options at JWA:
- Curbside Valet Parking for $30 per day, located on the departure level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.
- Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers.
- Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Terminal every 15 minutes.
- For parking availability call 949.252.5200 or for directions to JWA, visit:http://www.ocair.com/parking/parking.htm.
For the latest travel tips and security requirements, log on to www.ocair.com for more information.
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
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?