Airport Applies for Extension of 2005 Development Agreement with
City of Burbank
The Bob Hope Airport has submitted an application to the City of Burbank for a three-year extension of the 2005 Development Agreement between the Airport and the City, including amendments that would permit the City and the Airport to undertake a community outreach process aimed at creating a vision plan for the future of Bob Hope Airport.
The Airport Authority and the Burbank City Council have both authorized their staffs to work together to extend the Development Agreement from its current expiration date of June 2012 to 2015. The outreach process would engage members of the community as well as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration in the process of defining the Airport’s future.
Both the City and the Authority agree that additional time is required, beyond the current expiration date, to permit adequate public education and discussion.
The overall goal is to achieve a vision for the Airport that encompasses a variety of issues, including meaningful nighttime noise protection, consideration of public safety improvements to the Airport, land use related to Airport and Airport-adjacent areas, reduction of negative traffic impacts, the need and desire to replace the existing 81-year-old terminal building, and similar matters.
The recommendation to extend the Development Agreement arose from joint meetings of a Land Use Working Group comprised of City and Airport staffs to explore options for charting a positive path for the future of the Airport after the Development Agreement expires. The Working Group identified three principles to guide discussions:
- Joint public outreach and planning for the purpose of educating the community, obtaining community input, and planning for future uses at the airport.
- Changes in governance of the Authority that would require a supermajority vote (a majority of Commissioners from all three Authority member cities) for certain capital projects.
- Voter approval in Burbank for any capital project at the Airport that is subject to the requirements of Measure B.
The Development Agreement requires an amendment to permit public discussion about whether or not the Authority should pursue replacement of its existing terminal building. The Development Agreement currently prohibits such discussion until 2015.
The amendment and extension of the Development Agreement are currently being processed through established City procedures, including public notice and review by the Planning Board, before being presented to the City Council and the Airport for potential approval in August.
The purpose is to develop a set of shared goals that can help the Airport and the City decide what specific steps and actions they should take in the future with respect to actions and development at the Airport. Those steps may or may not involve development of a replacement airport terminal.
Underlying the tone of the dialogue is the recently released Citizen Survey conducted on behalf of the City of Burbank. In that survey, residents were asked “What would you say is the most important issue facing the City of Burbank?” In 2001, 34 percent responded “Airport expansion”; in 2010, that figure dropped to three percent.
In 2001, the survey identified “Airport expansion” as the number-one issue facing the City; last year it was tied for seventh.
If there’s one thing the people of Burbank know how to do, it’s how to throw a party…in this case, the Party of the Century.
On the anniversary of its 1911 incorporation, the City of Burbank celebrated its 100th year with a July 8 bash for the whole community, and the Bob Hope Airport was one of the featured attractions.
Following the opening ceremony, where several thousand persons gathered at City Hall, an Air Parade honoring Bob Hope Airport and paying homage to Burbank’s long-standing close ties to aviation took place directly over Olive Avenue. Among the aircraft that flew overhead were McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets; the B-25 Mitchell bomber; Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Police Notar helicopters; Aero Squadron World War II planes; helicopters from Los Angeles County Sheriff Air 5 Rescue, and the Lockheed P-38.
It all started with the national anthem and live broadcast in front of City Hall featuring KNBC Weatherman Fritz Coleman, civic dignitaries, and a host of celebrities from Burbank’s rich film and television production history.
Entertainers and exhibits filled the city’s streets, and the grand finale was a stunningly choreographed fireworks show. The Bob Hope Airport booth was a favorite stop for more than 2,000 children who left with a commemorative Centennial glider.
There’s no doubt that a good time was had by all…and all are looking forward to Burbank’s second century.
Metrolink and jetBlue Airways have partnered to provide jetBlue passengers free transportation to and from Bob Hope Airport on the day of their flight.
Passengers just need to present a printed jetBlue boarding pass or printed jetBlue e-mail confirmation to the fare enforcement officer or conductor before boarding a Metrolink train.
It cannot be displayed on cell phones. This offer is valid for one ride on the day of travel only and is available for the rest of 2011.
Metrolink and jetBlue hope that the offer will help passengers save money and promote using public transit to the Airport. The Burbank Bob Hope Airport Train Station is within walking distance of the terminal. A free shuttle from the train station to the terminal is available upon request by using the courtesy telephone. For a free shuttle ride from the Airport to the train station, passengers can take a Lot D shuttle bus, located front of the Airport terminal.
BUR Ranks High on Affordability
Bob Hope is the nation's second most-affordable airport, according to travel website Cheapflights.com. Editors computed the average fares from 101 U.S. airports to popular domestic and international destinations during June. First on the list was Long Beach ($223) while Bob Hope Airport was second ($248).
I-5 Freeway Hollywood Way Northbound Exit Ramp, a primary artery from the freeway to the Airport, will be closed until Spring 2012 as part of Caltrans’ major freeway widening project that runs until 2014. Northbound Airport-bound motorists may use either the Lincoln or Buena Vista Streets exits, where signage will direct them to the Airport. For southbound I-5 motorists, the Hollywood Way off‐ramp remains open, however, the on‐ramp from Hollywood Way to the southbound I‐5 is also closed until next spring. Further information is available from Caltrans’ information hotline (855) 454-6335 or its lane closure website here.
Denver-bound passengers now have improved schedules flying out of Bob Hope Airport. Southwest Airlines initiates Denver service starting August 14 while United Express is adding two additional flights to Denver this summer. Weekday travelers can now select from more than 80 flights a day from Bob Hope Airport…and with one stop, can reach almost any U.S. destination. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, and jetBlue also serve Bob Hope Airport.
The Airport hosted 66 grammar school-age children from the City of Burbank’s Gross Park Summer Camp earlier this month. At the Airport Fire House the children observed aircraft arrivals and departures, static aircraft displays, and a demonstration of equipment by Airport Fire and police personnel. In addition, five Southwest Airlines personnel attended and spoke about their jobs at the airport, including the airline’s Ramp and Operations Manager, Cargo Supervisor, Ramp Agent, Customer Service Agent, and Operations Agent.
The Burbank Community YMCA honored the Bob Hope Airport as its “Community Partner of the Year.” The Airport consistently sponsors the Y’s programs, including its annual Healthy Kids Day and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. In addition, the Airport’s Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager, Lucy Burghdorf, is an active member of the organization’s Board of Directors.
Communicating with the Airport, and within it, is becoming more convenient. Check out our new website, follow the Airport and keep up to date on both Facebook and Twitter, and enjoy the free Wi-Fi within the Airport. And if that isn’t enough to make a confirmed Bob Hope Airport fan out of you, check out the Top Ten Reasons to Fly BUR.