Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation that would allow the transfer of Ontario International Airport (ONT) from Los Angeles to Ontario authorities to be completed.
In August 2015, local officials announced an agreement that would transfer ownership of ONT back to Ontario from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). As part of that agreement, Ontario agreed to pay LAWA $120 million over 10 years, which compensates Los Angeles International Airport for funds it collected from passengers to pay for a new terminal at Ontario Airport in the 1990s.
Ontario expects to pay this through “passenger facility charges” from future passengers. However, under current statute, such transfers between airport authorities are not permitted.
Feinstein’s legislation amends the statute so Ontario can transfer this money, thereby completing the agreement.
“Over the years, I’ve worked to do what I can to bring this matter to an amicable resolution. This simple piece of legislation is one of the final steps,” Feinstein said. “With the airport returning to local control, I’m hopeful it can now be revitalized and reclaim its role as a driver of economic growth for Inland Empire.”
In the Senate, the bill is cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Norma Torres (D-Calif.), Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.).