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Ontario International Airport transferred to local control

Staff Writer |
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined federal, state and local leaders from across Southern California to announce that ownership of Ontario International Airport (ONT) has officially transferred from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).

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The announcement comes after years of negotiation between the Cities of Los Angeles and Ontario, and collaboration with elected and community leaders across the region.

ayor Garcetti announced the ownership transfer alongside Sen. Dianne Feinstein, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, OIAA President and Ontario Councilmember Alan D. Wapner, and a distinguished group of state and local leaders.

Mayor Garcetti — who has made regional collaboration a top priority for his administration — celebrated the milestone as a significant step forward for regional air travel, improving air quality, and connectivity across Southern California.

The transfer process began on August 6, 2015, with the announcement that the cities of Los Angeles and Ontario had agreed to a settlement of litigation over management of ONT.

The settlement included terms to allow the transfer of ownership of ONT to the OIAA subject to approvals by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, Los Angeles City Council, Ontario City Council, the OIAA, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Final approvals by all parties were obtained early this year. Since then, all stakeholders have worked cooperatively in collaboration with the FAA to complete the transaction.

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