ONTARIO, Calif. -

A lawsuit over control of Southern California's Ontario International Airport has been put on hold to allow Los Angeles and Ontario time to try to settle.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask said Thursday that the two parties have agreed to talk until Jan. 31.

The suit filed by Ontario in June names as defendants Los Angeles, its airport commissioners and Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Ontario airport.

The lawsuit says Los Angeles has failed to properly market the midsize airport 50 miles to its east, which has lost nearly 50 percent of its passengers since 2007.

LA officials have argued that Ontario airport is one of several that has fallen victim to the recession and that efforts to lure back airlines have failed.