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Ontario to Regain Control of its Airport

Agreement Ends Years of Dispute between Los Angeles and Ontario

August 7, 2015
It could take upwards of a year to complete the process, but the announcement on Thursday that Los Angeles has agreed to relinquish control of the Ontario International Airport made headlines throughout California.
 
Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner, who also serves as the President of the Ontario International Airport Authority, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement together during a news conference at the Ontario Airport. The Ontario International Airport Authority will take control once the Federal Aviation Administration, the two cities' respective city councils, and cities' airport agencies formally approve the transfer.

Thursday’s announcement was celebrated as a victory for local regional control. Los Angeles officially became the airport’s owner in 1985 after managing it since 1967. The city of Ontario sued Los Angeles in a trial that was set to begin Aug. 17 over allegations that Los Angeles had not effectively managed the airport. Local governments in the region supported Ontario’s efforts to regain control of the airport. According to The Los Angeles Times, this transfer is supported by 130 cities, counties, regional planning groups, locally elected officials, aviation-groups as well as the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino.


 
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