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Feinstein Urges Los Angeles to Help Revive Ontario Airport, Inland Empire Economy

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is urging cooperation between Los Angeles and Inland Empire leaders to restore the economic health of Ontario International Airport (ONT).

In a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Feinstein indicated that between 2007 and 2012, ONT lost 49 percent of its flights, causing gates to shut down, concession to leave and significant job losses.

Feinstein wrote: “I have heard deep concerns from many business and community leaders that the decline of Ontario International Airport traffic will have a long lasting, negative regional impact on the Inland Empire.  I urge you to reach out to Inland Empire leaders to develop a cooperative strategy to address the challenges at the airport.

“Many airports across the Nation and in California have made significant progress in their recovery since the recession.  Airports with similar challenges to Ontario have worked with local business leaders, transit agencies, and governments to put plans together to improve transportation access, reach out to new carriers, waive fees and offer other incentives to attract international service, and market the strengths of their facilities,” Feinstein added.

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