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Household income blamed for airport passenger drop

Posted: September 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles World Airports consultant says the average household income of residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is the main cause of lower passenger volume at Ontario International Airport.

The airport has lost about 42 percent of its passenger traffic since 2008.

Consultant Edward Shelswell-White Rather says the economy and the cost of jet fuel isn't to blame.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says researchers found airlines tend to provide more service to areas with higher household median incomes.

Ontario's service area, according to the consultant report, simply has a smaller number of target households.

Los Angeles World Airports now operates the airport 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

The city of Ontario wants to dissolve a 1967 Joint Powers Agreement. Los Angeles is reviewing the proposal.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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