The operations at Bob Hope Airport are expected to improve over the next 20 years, but not to pre-recession levels, according to a forecast released this week.
Bob Hope Airport has been bleeding passengers since the economic recession began in 2007, with the number of people with board passes dropping by about 3% last year, according to the report by Coffman Associates.
“As we’re looking now, we’re seeing that trend start to reverse itself,” he said.
But even as the economy starts to recover, the airport is only expected to see a 2.6% improvement in the number of passengers over the next 20 years, Fitz said.
Bottom line: things are going to say “relatively flat” at Bob Hope Airport, he said. And according to the report’s findings, there’s little chance that the airport will see passenger use figures like those seen at its peak in 2006 — even two decades from now.