The number of passengers at Bob Hope Airport took a nosedive in January, with a 12% drop compared to last year, leaving some airport staffers feeling like they’re a bit under siege.
Airport Executive Director Dan Feger paused before starting his report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday to display a Bob Hope Airport version of the famous “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, which was used by the British government to try and raise morale in advance of German bombardment of major English cities during the World War II.
“The news is not very good, it’s not a good-news report,” Feger said. “The rate at which we lost passengers even exceeded our expectations in our budget.”
The airport handled 293,644 passengers last month, down from 333,530 in January 2012. The 12% plummet follows an 8% decline in December, and continues a steady slide that the airfield reported throughout last year.