The city of Ontario and San Bernardino County plan to establish a new governing body for L.A./Ontario International Airport — another step in the effort to wrest control of the struggling facility from Los Angeles.
The Ontario City Council is expected to approve formation of the Ontario International Airport Authority on Tuesday, City Manager Chris Hughes said. San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux said the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to follow suit a week later.
The new five-member commission will consist of elected officials, civic leaders and business operators from the airport's service area, which includes about 7 million residents in four counties, including Los Angeles.
Noting that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has long supported the idea of spreading airline service to commercial airports throughout the region, Ontario officials say they are open to the possibility that the city of Los Angeles would participate in the new authority.