Airport Board to Consider Palmdale Lease

Palmdale AirportThe Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners was scheduled to vote Monday on transferring the lease on the terminal building at LA/Palmdale Regional Airport to the City of Palmdale.

A staff report recommended the commissioners approve the transfer of the 9,000-square-foot terminal building located on 61 acres in the Antelope Valley city. The facility had been leased by Los Angeles World Airports from the U.S. Air Force.

Getting commercial service to the airport has long been a struggle for the city and LAWA. Palmdale officials have said that city control of the terminal would make it easier to bring regular service to the airport.

The last carrier to operate at the Palmdale airport was United Airlines, which pulled out in December 2008 after offering flights to San Francisco for about 18 months. A $900,000 federal grant partially subsidized the airline’s service.

LAWA owns 17,500 acres adjoining the terminal property.