Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Supervisors Call on LAWA to Release Control of Palmdale Airport
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Saying Los Angeles World Airports is in violation of a court order, the county Board of Supervisors yesterday called on the agency to give up the lease of Palmdale Regional Airport.
The board unanimously adopted Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s motion calling on LAWA, the City of Los Angeles agency that controls Los Angeles International Airport as well as the Van Nuys and Ontario airports, to release al contractual agreements regarding the Palmdale facility, at which LAWA ceased commercial operations in December 2008.
The motion directs the county counsel to examine legal options to force the agency to relinquish control of the airport to the City of Palmdale.
“Five years ago, the County filed a lawsuit against and obtained a court order requiring LAWA to develop a regional air service approach for County residents that includes utilizing airports at Palmdale and Ontario,” Antonovich said in a statement. “LAWA has violated the court order, ignored several notices of non-compliance, offers no regional strategic plan and continues to hold Palmdale Airport hostage.”
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