Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
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January 26, 2010 For Immediate Release
COUNTY CALLS ON LAWA to COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER and RELEASE AIRPORT to the city of PALMDALE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Despite efforts by the city of Palmdale, supported by Los Angeles County, to assume control of the Palmdale Airport, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has refused to give up the airport terminal’s lease, which continues in effect through 2011 -- although LAWA ceased commercial air operations at Palmdale Airport in December 2008.
“Five years ago, the County filed a lawsuit suit 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. “LAWA has violated the court order, ignored several notices of non-compliance, offers no regional strategic plan and continues to hold Palmdale Airport hostage.”
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich requesting the Los Angeles city agency to release all contractual agreements regarding the Palmdale Regional Airport and terminal operations. His motion also directs the County Counsel to examine all necessary legal action to require LAWA to relinquish control of the airport to Palmdale.