Bob Hope Airport is taking a two-path approach to preventing another outage like the one on Nov. 28 that took out operations on its longest runway.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday voted to buy an emergency lighting system while officials complete a multimillion-dollar proposal to replace the dated wiring system that caused the outage.
“That outage, frankly, was not to the standard that we offer to the traveling public ... it creates havoc for those customers that couldn’t fly out of here at night,” said Dan Feger, the airport’s executive director.
The cause of the outage was the normal deterioration of the high-voltage connectors attaching each runway light to the single-wire circuit for the runway, Feger said. The connectors were installed more than 30 years ago.
Feger said airport officials were putting together a bid proposal for contractors and have a design completed in time to start construction this summer.