No one complained while LAWA was doing their job that they agreed to under the Joint Powers Agreement in 1967. Now 45 years later LAWA brings high costs and questionable marketing.
Air Canada arrived on their own, according to news reports at the time. Likewise, ExpressJet deliberately picked stations which were not other airlines hubs.
Whatever actual wooing LAWA did was required bt the JPA anyway. That was the cost for LAWA to get a usable alternate to LAX
. When LAX
has a power failure, TPAC arrivals could land 50 miles away, rather than having to make it to LAS
or turn back to SFO
and then have an hour trip once the lights were back on.
An example of marketing in recent years: Allegiant (G4
) is known for flying into alternate airports but LAWA got them into LAX
, even though LAX
is only one mile closer to Disneyland. ONT
has lots of terminal space and short taxi times, and shortens the flights by a few miles. All of this would be more to G4
's liking but somehow it didn't wind up that way. The result is many dozens of lost tourists dumped onto LA
freeways every day, which is exactly what LA
residents don't want.
Another example is that LAWA showed up at the Long Beach travel show with a booth called "ONT
's Second Airport". Sounds like a good idea until you remember that LGB
is right there in Long Beach. If that can't handle what they need then they LAX
is fairly close. So that appearance was good for appearances but had a low potential for gathering business.
Now LAWA has one person as general manager between ONT
which is one of the top GA
airports in the nation. The LA
city council rep in the VNY
area also questions this.
The vast sums of money invested over 45 years is about 550 million. That has largely been paid by PFCs and fees to the airlines. Ontario has offered a package they value at $250M to get ONT
under local control.
Right now Ontario cannot compete aggressively against LAX
for air traffic. An independent ONT
can, and that is what the City of Ontario wants. With a population of 166,000, it seems small compared to LA
at almost 4 million, but plenty of comparble communities like Rockford and Peoria operate airports successfully, free of the big city bloat and bungling that LA
has been tied up in lately in many departments.
may becoming a world class city but LAX
ranked second to last in the USA's 22 major airports. LAWA would do best to divest ONT
and get to work at their flagship property.
was ExpressJet's biggest branded station, but was not a hub. Unlike WN
did not sell any connecting tickets. You could travel ONT
, but not ONT
135 hrs PIC (mostly PA-28) - not current. Landings at MDW, PIA, JAN.