Burbank Bob Hope Airport has experienced several important changes and developments over the past year. Most notably, the Airport began work on two major projects aimed at improving convenience for passengers. On July 6, the Airport broke ground to formally begin construction of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC), a multi-level transit hub and rental car facility that will provide travelers with easy access to both the Airport terminal and local public transportation options. The RITC is expected to open in the summer of 2014.
The Airport also began work on the installation of a Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) in August. The system, which will provide passengers with more access to convenient self-service flight check-ins and flight information displays, will also allow airlines to operate at all gates and counter positions. Travelers will find that instead of having to locate an airline-specific check-in kiosk, all kiosks in the terminal will permit check-in with all airlines. CUPPS is expected to be fully operational in the fall of 2013.
This year also brought some changes to the Airport’s air carrier service. In February, American Airlines discontinued service at the Airport, and in early December, jetBlue Airways announced that, effective January 7, 2013, it was reducing its service to one daily flight along the Burbank-JFK route as well as eliminating the daily flight to Las Vegas. Despite these changes, the core schedule along the West Coast, with direct and connecting flights throughout the country, is excellent. Burbank Bob Hope Airport remains your community’s close, convenient, comfortable airport!
Airport Employees’ Charitable Efforts Help Children in Need
On December 14, members of the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Holiday Charity Committee visited the Glendale Salvation Army’s Zone Academy for Children. In addition to presenting the Zone Academy with five new laptops, school supplies, and sports equipment, the Charity Committee provided dinner and craft activities for the approximately 60 children in attendance. The Airport Police and Fire Departments also demonstrated the use of their equipment. Altogether, the Charity Committee raised more than $2,300 for the Zone Academy through various fundraising efforts.
A Year of Community Involvement
The Authority, Airport staff, and Airport tenants continue to donate their time, effort, and resources to benefit the community. For the fifth year, high school artists in Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena competed for the honor of having their work displayed on the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Terminal Tower, creating art around the theme of “Cleared for Take-Off.” Airport employees participated in the national “Read Across America” in March. The Airport was the title sponsor of Burbank on Parade in July. Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center hosted a blood drive in the Airport’s Terminal A Skyroom; Airport employees, tenants, and passengers donated fifty pints of blood. During a one-day fundraising effort in early November, Airport personnel raised more than $1,000 for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Some of the Airport’s daily parking rates will increase by $2 on January 15, but there will always be plenty of $10 Economy Lot space in Lot A, next to the FAA Tower at Winona Avenue.
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Mark Hardyment, Director of Noise and Environmental Programs at Burbank Bob Hope Airport, was selected as the co-chair of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Transportation Committee.