The woes of Ontario Airport continue to cause consternation with Inland Empire officials. With passenger levels reeling further down, a coalition of groups favoring returning the airport to local control are trying to drag down a proposal to move the northernmost LAX runway, with the hope that their opposition can be used as a bargaining chip to reach their ultimate goal. However, as a New York Times article points out, Ontario Airport’s woes are hardly unique. In fact, numerous regional airports are suffering because of lower passenger volumes. Airlines continue to consolidate their services around fewer airports to offset costs and cater to business travelers, which form a large chunk of their profits, reflecting an ongoing major shift in the way airlines operate.