Ontario International Airport Is Focus of Seminar

CEO of new governing authority will discuss next steps in growing the regional airport on March 30

Kelly Fredericks

Kelly Fredericks

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Kelly J. Fredericks, newly appointed CEO of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), will discuss the future of the Inland region’s largest airport on Wednesday, March 30, at the University of California, Riverside.

“Ontario International Airport: Now Locally Owned, But What Happens Next?” is part of the Randall Lewis Seminar Series presented by the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development. The seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830.

Fredericks, a 33-year veteran of the aviation industry, began working for the airport authority on March 7. He will update seminar participants on the status of local ownership of the Ontario airport and plans for moving forward.

In December 2015, just after the Los Angeles City Council approved the transfer of ownership of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports to OIAA, the local airport authority gave final approval of the $250 million agreement that would transfer control of the facility from Los Angeles.

OIAA is charged with ensuring that Southern California has the airport capacity needed to meet the long-term demand for air travel while boosting the Inland Empire’s most important economic and jobs engine, Ontario International Airport. Fredericks will lead the process to obtain a certificate of operation from the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected to be completed in July.

Alan D. Wapner, OIAA president, characterized Fredericks as “… a rising industry star, well-respected and well-known. He will ensure ONT is ready to meet the growing demand for air service in the region while maximizing the airport’s positive economic impact in the Inland Empire and beyond.”

Fredericks has served in senior leadership roles in the management of large, medium, small and non-hub airports, as well as overseeing the planning, design and construction of billions of dollars of airport development projects as an aviation consultant.

He most recently served as president/CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corp. (RIAC), operator of T.F. Green, the commercial airport serving Providence, Rhode Island, and the New England Region. In that role Kelly oversaw the operation and related economic development of a six- airport system consisting of medium-hub T.F. Green, two non-hub primary commercial airports (Westerly State and Block Island), a joint use military facility (Quonset State), and two corporate/general aviation facilities (North Central State and Newport State).

Before joining RIAC in 2013, Fredericks served as senior vice president of the Corradino Group, leading efforts as program manager for the design and construction of a multi-billion-dollar airport expansion program at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport; executive director/CEO at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field from 1999-2008; deputy aviation director/COO at Pittsburgh International Airport 1996-1999; and manager of state-owned airports/improvements at Harrisburg International Airport 1980-1993.

Fredericks is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E) by the American Association of Airport Executives, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a private pilot. He serves on the board of directors of Airport Council International – North America, and is a regional director and board member of the National Association of State Aviation Officials.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a B.S. in civil engineering.


Established in 2003, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. Housed in the UCR School of Public Policy, the center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of the CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

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