Torres Hails LAWA Handover of Ontario Airport
ONTARIO, CA - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres applauded the decision by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to restore local control of LA/Ontario International Airport. An official announcement will be made at a press conference scheduled for 1:00pm at Ontario airport.
“This decision is long overdue,” said Torres. “Despite our strategic location in a growing region at the center of an important freight corridor that attracts and supports economic activity throughout the region, Ontario Airport has not received the attention it deserves. This has not only impacted passenger numbers but also our region’s potential for economic growth.”
LAWA assumed control of Ontario Airport 30 years ago. After severe declines in the number of annual passengers, the City of Ontario sued, alleging mismanagement. Rep. Torres has long advocated for local control, and most recently questioned TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger at a Homeland Security Committee hearing last month on the questionable state of perimeter security and security equipment at Ontario resulting from the existing division of oversight responsibilities.
“LAX and Ontario each play unique and important roles in our region’s transportation infrastructure, and today’s announcement will ensure that each airport is better able to reach its full potential,” continued Torres. “Local control will ensure that decisions are made by those who understand the needs of our community and are most impacted. I look forward to working with the airport’s new leadership to improve the airport’s capacity and to continue making the Inland Empire more attractive to businesses and local residents alike.”
Rep. Torres serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and represents California’s 35th congressional district which includes LA/Ontario International Airport.