April 19, 2013
It's been a rough two years for Bob Hope Airport, where a precipitous drop in the number of passengers using the regional airfield has meant a worrying drop in revenues. Fewer passengers mean fewer receipts at parking lots, concessions and other revenue-generating enterprises that fund operations and pay for badly needed infrastructure upgrades. Assuming what's good for the airport is good for the airlines, the solution seems simple. "If the airlines reduced their rates at Burbank and made it more competitive, there would be more passengers and we'd be in better shape; there's no mystery to this," said Terry Tornek, a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
March 5, 2013
Halfway through its fiscal year, Bob Hope Airport's operating revenues are running more than $150,000 in the red due to declining numbers of passengers and weak parking revenues, according to a recent financial report. Parking fees, which make up about 40% of the airport's revenues, were budgeted to bring in $9.5 million but only produced $8.9 million, according to the report released to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday. Passenger levels for the first half of the fiscal year - July to December 2012 - declined almost 6.8% compared to the same period in the last fiscal year.
October 29, 2012
Jet Blue canceled two New York-bound flights from Bob Hope Airport on Monday as Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Eastern Seaboard. Flight 350 and 358 to John F. Kennedy International Airport were canceled, as were flights 355 and 359 coming out of New York, Victor Gill, a spokesman for Bob Hope Airport, said in an email. Jet Blue also canceled Flight 350 to JFK on Tuesday. Scores more flights - about 130 - had been canceled at Los Angeles International Airport as of Monday, The Times reported . Officials warned that additional flights could be affected by the super storm, which was expected to force more than 60 of those cancellations Monday.
June 5, 2012
The rate at which parking revenues and the number of passengers fell at Burbank Bob Hope Airport eased up in April, an indication that the airfield may be rebounding from the loss of American Airlines earlier this year, officials reported this week. The number of passengers dropped by about 4.7% in April, to 338,821 from 355,686 passengers during the same period last year, according to a report released Monday to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The April passenger rates are better than March, when the airfield reported a 6% year-to-year drop.
May 8, 2012
In the first full month since American Airlines pulled out of Bob Hope Airport, parking revenues at the airfield fell by 8.6% in March, officials reported this week. While the drop is steeper than what the airport has seen in recent months, airport Executive Director Dan Feger said there are signs of a turnaround. “I'm going to make a guardedly optimist statement,” he told airport commissioners on Monday. “I think that we are starting the recovery in place here at this airport.” Preliminary parking-revenue numbers for April are showing improvement, Feger said, projecting a less severe drop of 3%. And parking appears to be increasing during the first two weeks of May, Feger said, citing reports from airport's parking operator, Standard Parking.
January 20, 2012
An editorial on Jan. 14 (“It's time to reevaluate the airport,” A5) incorrectly stated the number of passengers the Bob Hope Airport stands to lose after American Airlines closes operations. It is 292,500. In addition, the editorial failed to make clear that the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Airport Authority is the sole governmental body financially responsible for the facility.
January 9, 2012
American Airlines , which filed for bankruptcy protection in November, is closing its operations at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and ending flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to New Delhi . In addition to closing operations at those two airports, the airline said it plans to cut 150 positions. "Our objective is to make our company competitive and more efficient in an increasingly challenging industry," the airline said in a statement Monday. The flights from Bob Hope Airport will end Feb.
November 29, 2011
The parent company for American Airlines, the nation's third largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy, citing high labor costs and a volatile economy. American Airlines, the largest carrier at Los Angeles International Airport, and a carrier at Bob Hope Airport, sought to assure passengers that the filing would not affect their travel plans, saying all tickets, reservations and reward points would be honored. "American Airlines remains open for business," said Craig Kreeger, the airline's vice president for customer experience.
September 11, 2009
Juan Gomez wiped sweat from his forehead in between planting scores of American flags Friday on the grassy area outside Burbank Community Day School. “I should be home eating, but I came out early to help out,” he said. He was one of eight students at 7:30 a.m. putting the finishing touches on a 9/11 memorial that students had been researching for two weeks. Thirty minutes later, the rest of his 45 schoolmates had arrived, and the students’ mural, six posters and about 1,000 U.S. flags dotted the exterior of Burbank Community Day School at the corner of San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue.
July 11, 2009
BURBANK — As deflated travel budgets continue to discourage passengers at Bob Hope Airport, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority officials are hoping that an uptick in fare promotions drives more customers to the gates. Southwest Airlines, which accounts for two-thirds of Bob Hope’s operations, this week introduced what it described as one of the biggest fare sales in the company’s history. The 48-hour sale — one-way trips of up to 400 miles for $30; 400 to 750 miles for $60 and more than 750 miles for $90 — lasted through Wednesday for travel between Sept.