November 18, 2009
John F. Cabrera (“Don’t like noise? Then move,” Nov. 13) is a prime example of an attitude the British call “I’m all right, Jack.” Living in Glendale, well out of the flight paths, he has the nerve to tell those of us stuck in the flight path to simply move. Twenty-one years ago when we bought our home adjacent to the WB Ranch, and several miles from the airport, we checked for sound. We were concerned about the proximity to the freeway.
December 9, 2000
Epic battles seem unlikely in this race While I was working on a column for this past Wednesday about a cash incentive city staff hopes to use to help lure a business that some believe has already committed to coming here, the filing period ended for candidates in the next municipal election. At last, the speculation was over and we had the names of those submitting nomination papers in hopes of being elected to represent us. Instead of shifting to a breathless analysis of the upcoming contest, I collected on wagers I'd made over who would or would not run, then went back to reading seven-year-old staff reports about previous business incentives.
September 16, 2006
Parking numbers just don't add up On July 26, 2004, the city of Burbank announced that the development agreement about to be signed at that time would allow the airport to have 9,459 parking spaces. I haven't heard anything to the contrary. What is wrong with this picture? There has been adequate parking for two years. To my way of thinking, the current explanation about parking this season is just a lot of spin ("Plenty of parking at airport," Aug. 23). It covers up the serious understatement of available parking spaces.
February 3, 2012
The Burbank Leader's recent editorial and news coverage of Bob Hope Airport has been disappointing, to say the least. The Leader ran a correction of its Jan. 14 editorial that said the exit of American Airlines would mean a loss of 3.9 million annual passengers at Bob Hope Airport, a figure that overshot the mark by a whopping 3.6 million. Correction appreciated, but the original error was not. Then followed a feeble attempt to analyze and critique the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority's ongoing evaluation of the financial feasibility of building the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, implying that the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena were somehow at risk, and calling for a “serious and thorough evaluation” of that financial risk - as if no such evaluation were taking place.
February 15, 2010
AIRPORT DISTRICT — An employee who recently underwent a “nuclear-related” medical procedure set off alarms Friday afternoon at Bob Hope Airport, briefly interrupting service while authorities tried to track down the source of the sensor reading. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority employee had recently undergone a medical procedure that involved some sort of radioactive element, causing detection equipment to produce a “strong reading” about 12:50 p.m., airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna said.
July 6, 2012
After a couple of false starts and an arduous vetting process, Burbank Bob Hope Airport officials finally let the dirt fly Friday, celebrating a groundbreaking for the airport's new transportation center that has long been in the making. In the absence of a new terminal, expectations are high that the new 520,000-square-foot, $112.6-million transportation center will do more than just draw more passengers to the airport through bus and rail connections. What the aging airfield needs is a major make-over and a marketing recast.
August 8, 2009
BURBANK — Bob Hope Airport has the third-lowest fares of the top 100 airports in the nation, according to a federal transportation study that tracked prices from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009. Burbank airport’s average fare touched down at $231 compared with $315 nationwide. The U.S. Department of Transportation surveyed one-way and round-trip fares charged by carriers, along with taxes collected by airports. Promotions and frequent-flier miles were not included in the study.
June 9, 2010
AIRPORT DISTRICT — Bob Hope Airport officials Monday unanimously approved a $96-million budget that will pay for several major infrastructure projects, such as runway improvements and work on a new regional transit center. The 2010-11 budget for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority comes amid a drop in passenger traffic, fluctuating fuel costs and overall uncertainty regarding the national economic recovery. Despite ballooning more than $20 million over the last year, the budget does not increase charges to airlines or rely on reserves.
October 20, 2012
Despite a precipitous drop in parking revenues and the loss of American Airlines, Bob Hope Airport managed to squeak ahead of budget projections for fiscal year 2012, according to a report released this week. According to the year-end fiscal numbers released to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday, Bob Hope Airport took in $4,677 more than what was anticipated, and was hampered mostly by a major drop in parking revenues, officials reported. Parking revenues, which traditionally made up about 40% of the airport's total operating revenues, came in $732,196 under budget - a 3.8% decrease from what was projected.