Bob Hope Airport officials are dealing with a double dose of bad news this week as the number of passengers using the airport slid by more than 8% in July and the airport's largest carrier announced that it will cut more than 40 flights a week at the Burbank airfield.
The airport handled 318,859 passengers in July, an 8.24% decrease compared to 347,501 in July 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Tuesday.
The drop continues a summertime slump, with a decline of roughly 3.5% in June. That was preceded by slight increases in May and March.
As the passenger numbers take a dive, the airport's largest carrier — Southwest Airlines — recently told airfield officials it will discontinue 42 round-trip flights weekly from Burbank at the end of the month.
All destinations will be affected, according to an airport staff report.
Southwest representatives could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.