For the first time in more than three years, the number of passengers at Bob Hope Airport increased in March — even if it was by only a slight uptick.
A total of 333,647 passengers passed through the airport in March, a 0.27% increase from 332,740 from the same time last year, according to statistics released Monday to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
The slight improvement comes as a sharp contrast to the first two months of the year, when airfield officials reported double-digit declines in passengers.
John Hatanaka, the airport's senior deputy executive director, said that the bump is due to a strong performance by Southwest Airlines, which has the lion's share of the flights at the airport.
Southwest had 249,474 passengers in March, a 7.3% increase from 232,425 a year prior.
"March is a mixed bag. There is some good news," Hatanaka said.
JetBlue, which ceased all daytime flights out of Bob Hope in December, reported 8,458 passengers in March, a 64% drop from 23,298 in March 2012, Hatanaka said, adding that the other carriers did not see significant declines.