LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council has approved negotiations with Ontario, Calif. officials that could result in L.A./Ontario International Airport being returned to local control.

Ontario handed over operations of the airport, 39 miles east of downtown L.A., to Los Angeles in 1967, and later transferred ownership in 1985, but the inland city has been lobbying for the return of the airport for the past three years after traffic there experienced a severe decline.

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