The number of passengers using Bob Hope Airport dropped in April as high fuel prices spurred airlines to raise fares and reduce service to common destinations.
The number of commercial travelers arriving or departing from Burbank fell by 5.2% in April compared to the same period a year earlier, according to an airport report. It is the second consecutive month passenger figures dipped below projections.
Airlines have cut back on the number of flights into and out of the facility as they counter rising fuel prices by ensuring planes operate near seating capacity.
As a result, occupancy at Bob Hope grew by 4.7% to 70% of all available seats.
Aviation consultant Jack Penning said airlines have cut back on planes headed to destinations that receive frequent service, which for Burbank includes Bay Area airports and cities in the southwest.
“Burbank has seen its seats disproportionately cut, in a couple of instances, because it is a market that lives on high-frequency flying — where an airline will operate eight or 10 flights on a route in a day,” said Penning, who works with Sixel Consulting Group.