Good news for the City of Ontario, home of my San Bernardino County office, the City of Ontario is getting back its airport. 182 airport jobs are going to be preserved in this deal.
Why and how Los Angeles got control of the airport in Ontario is unbelieveable, and it is unclear how many people knew the Ontario Airport was controlled by Los Angeles before the news today Ontario is getting it back. Allegedly they were circumventing an anti-expansion of LAX by having the Ontario airport. Since 2007 the Ontario airport has lost 2/3 of its passengers. This is interesting because during this period LAX has more than doubled its passengers, and not by small numbers but numbers in excess of 10,000,000!
It will be interesting to see how this airport debacle unfolds and whether the Ontario Airport can gain a substantial number of passengers marketing itself instead of through Los Angeles which basically, “Used” the airport.