ONTARIO AIRPORT: Deal returns facility to local control
Ontario and Los Angeles have reached terms to return Ontario International Airport to local control, ending decades of remote ownership by Los Angeles and avoiding what promised to be a lengthy and costly civil trial over Ontario’s 2013 lawsuit to wrest the facility back.
The trial, in which jurors could have heard about billions of dollars in economic damage to the city of Ontario from years of reduced airport services, was set to begin Aug. 17 in Riverside County Superior Court.
Sources close to the matter said Wednesday evening Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario Mayor pro tem Alan D. Wapner will appear together at a news conference at the airport Thursday, Aug. 6, to announce details.
The move avoids what promised to be a lengthy and costly civil trial over Ontario’s 2013 lawsuit to wrest the facility back. The deal still needs approval from several agencies, and won't likely be final until October 2016.