A congressional panel held a hearing Thursday on whether Ontario International Airport should be autonomous rather than managed by LA World Airports. "Every airport in Southern California has an increase in passengers, this has almost lost 50 percent since 2007," says Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. Craig Fiegener reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2012.
The fight to gain local control of Onatrio International Airport continued Thursday with a Congressional hearing at Ontario City Hall.
The city of Ontario has been fighting for local control of its airport. Other Inland Empire cities have backed the effort to break from Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates Ontario International Airport.
“The airport is not working," Mayor Ron Loveridge said at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation meeting. "Every other airport in Southern California has seen an increase in traffic. Ontario has lost 50 percent since 2007."0
The Congressional subcommittee conducted the hearing that featured testimony from a number of local officials. The panel has already recommended that Ontario and LAWA split, although the airport agency has resisted the break-up.
Now, it appeared to be coming down to working out the details for a transfer.