August 18, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Burbank Airport a $10-million grant for noise insulation of homes in Burbank and Sun Valley, officials said. The grant, to be used in insulating about 372 homes from airport noise this year, is the largest annual grant Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport has received since it began its noise insulation program. "Every year, we've been receiving anywhere from $3 million to $5 million, and this is double what we've normally gotten, so it's well received by us," Airport Authority Executive Director Dios Marrero said.
September 9, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Hoping to preserve a lucrative source of revenue, Burbank Airport will petition the Federal Aviation Administration to permit the facility to continue collecting a $3 fee from each traveler. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the nine-member panel that oversees the airport, collects a passenger facilities charge on each ticket sold. The airport has collected the fee, known as a PFC, since 1994. PFC revenue is technically collected by the FAA, but Burbank Airport has had ready access to the money.
June 28, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey's inclusion of Burbank Airport on a list of regional airports to receive a ground radar system will improve safety at the facility. officials said. Victor Gill, spokesman for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, said the ground radar would add an extra layer of safety to an already safe situation. "It will provide additional coverage of runways and taxiways and alert air traffic controllers in the tower," Gill said.
September 12, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Jacque Wray had already fastened her seat belt, received her serving of juice and settled in for a smooth ride Tuesday morning when she and other passengers were ordered off of an Alaska Airlines flight headed for Portland, Ore., from Burbank Airport. "At first I couldn't figure out what was going on," said Wray, 58, whose flight was to stop in Oregon before flying to her home in Boise, Idaho. "But then we sat in the airport watching TV with tears rolling down our cheeks."
January 9, 2002
The following is a response to a letter appearing on the editorial page of the Burbank Leader on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001. I was surprised to read Will Ray's recent letter, wherein he commented on the early origin of the Burbank Airport. He stated, "the airport started out as a small general aviation airport serving small planes. It has, over the years, grown into a fairly large commercial airport with many flights each day." I beg to disagree with his statement as it pertains to the Burbank Airport.
May 31, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Burbank Airport will light the candles on its 70th birthday cake Saturday with an open house. During the event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents can tour of the airport by bus, step inside three vintage planes and peruse a photography exhibit dating back to the airport's 1930 grand opening. The airport trucked in a Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation, Douglas DC-3 and Martin 404 to put on display. All three are transport planes used in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
September 30, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge said Burbank Airport's counter complaint in a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles lacks merit. Judge Dzintra Janavs Wednesday rejected a claim that expansion plans at Los Angeles International Airport would negatively impact Burbank Airport by driving additional short-haul flights to this city. Janavs gave the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority until Oct. 16 to present more information supporting its claim during the pretrial stages of a lawsuit with Los Angeles.
March 15, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Burbank Airport officials watched helplessly as another plane crashed for the second consecutive Sunday. A single-engine Piper 24 hit down on the airport's east-west runway at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, almost exactly one week after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the same runway, ripped through a blast fence and came to rest on Hollywood Way. Airport spokesman Victor Gill emphasized that plane crashes aren't a regular occurrence at the airport.
September 7, 2002
Laura Sturza Getting to and from Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport will be easier through a new program designed to get people moving by train, en route to their planes. The Rail 2 Rail program was launched Thursday at the airport's train station, and will allow riders to use tickets from Metrolink or Amtrak to travel from Los Angeles' Union Station to Burbank Airport using either service. "There are so many trains," Metrolink spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said.
August 29, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The disadvantages of living near Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport -- like noise, pollution and traffic congestion -- have been widely debated. But developers, local businesses, city and airport officials contend Burbank sees financial benefits from having an airport within its city limits. The most tangible benefit Burbank reaps is the millions it gains in taxes the airport pays to the city each year. In 2000-01, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport paid Burbank $6.38 million: $3.66 million in property taxes, $1.46 million in a 10% transient parking tax and $1.26 million in sales tax, according to city records.