“Airlines are not expanding their fleets,” he said. “Because their fleet is fixed, they reallocate their fleet to where they can make the most money, around the world.... We are the victim of that.”
During the first eight months of 2013, roughly 2.57 million passengers used Bob Hope Airport, a 5.1% drop from about 2.71 million passengers during the same period last year.
Although past service levels show there were passengers who would use Bob Hope Airport for non-stop flights to locations such as Atlanta or Chicago, airlines in Burbank no longer fly directly to those destinations.
They have chosen instead to shift their aircraft to more profitable routes, especially international service, Feger said.
“We know the demand is there; what happens is, the airplanes aren’t there,” he added.
Meanwhile, other airports in the region reported a mixed bag of passenger totals in August. Los Angeles International Airport and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana saw 3.9% and 1.5% hikes, respectively. However, Ontario Airport reported a 14.7% decline and Long Beach Airport saw a 6.7% drop.
Feger said the airport authority has sent staff to meet with airlines and explain the benefits of flying out of Burbank, but those efforts have proven challenging.
“It’s a tough business here to try and predict your future and change your future when you don’t really have control over the real forces that determine your future,” he said.
The airport’s parking revenues in August were up by about 3.3% over last year.
“[It’s] what we’re going to call good news,” Feger said on Monday.
Bob Hope Airport brought in $1.55 million in parking revenues in August, compared to $1.5 million in August 2012, and slightly higher than the budgeted figure of $1.54 million.
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