The number of passengers at Bob Hope Airport plummeted by 10% in September compared to last year -- catching officials off guard.
Revenues generated by parking fees -- an important source of income for the airport -- also dropped sharply, according to the latest report released on Monday.
The decline, which senior deputy executive director John Hatanaka said “shocked” airport staff, was by far the steepest drop among other airports in the region.
Ontario Airport reported a 5.8% decrease, while Long Beach Airport saw a 6.4% drop, Hatanaka said. Meanwhile, there was a 1.48% jump in passengers at Los Angeles International Airport and a nearly 1% bump at John Wayne Airport -- both due primarily to stepped up international travel, he added.
Bob Hope Airport handled 324,176 passengers in September, down from 360,321 during the same period last year, according to the statistics released to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.