The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) to allow Ontario International Airport (ONT) to be returned to local jurisdictional control:
“Ontario International Airport is a major economic engine for our region in both trade and tourism, and giving local authorities control of the airport better allows them to meet the growing demand in San Bernardino County,” said Rep. Royce.
When both ONT and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), passenger facility charges (PFCs) could be imposed at one LAWA airport and the revenue used at another. PFCs collected at LAX were used to fund the new terminals at ONT in the 1990s.
The cities of Los Angeles and Ontario recently executed a Settlement Agreement to transfer control of ONT from LAWA to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), a local joint powers authority established by and between the County of San Bernardino and the City of Ontario. One element in the Settlement Agreement is that a certain amount of PFCs collected at ONT will be used for projects at LAX. However, this repayment is not possible under current law.
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce