Airline passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport dropped by 6% in May compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures — marking the third consecutive monthly drop that has pushed revenue below projections.
The airport reported drops of 5% in March and 5.2% in April.
Ontario Airport reported a similar passenger decrease for May at 5.8%.
There were 360,339 passengers flying into and out of the Bob Hope Airport in May, down from 383,481 passengers the same period last year, according to a report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
The passenger drop came even as the number of available seats dropped by 6.5 % in May as airlines continue to eliminate flights to keep planes closer to seat capacity, according to the report.
The result: occupancy rates on planes rose just 0.5% in May to 68.4%.
Airport spokesman Victor Gill attributed the declines to high fuel prices and a flat economy.