The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a separate government agency created under a joint powers agreement between the three cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena in 1977 for the sole purpose of owning and operating the Bob Hope Airport. Frequently Asked Questions about the Airport Authority and its mission can be found below.
The mission of the Airport Authority is to provide state-of-the-art regional airport facilities and related services which are efficient, safe, convenient, and user friendly, while being a good neighbor.
The Authority consists of nine commissioners, three from each city. The commissioners from each city are appointed by their city council.
Commissioners & Staff
John T. Hatanaka
Senior Deputy Executive Director
Deputy Executive Director, Finance and Administration
Deputy Executive Director, Engineering, Maintenance, Operations, and Airline Relations
Scott R. Smith
Director, Financial Services
Edward B. Skvarna
Chief of Police; Director, Public Safety
Director, Engineering and Planning
Mark D. Hardyment
Director, Government and Environmental Affairs
Director, Business, Property and Administrative Services
Lucy M. Burghdorf
Director, Public Affairs and Communications
Director, Human Resources
Director, Information and Communication Technologies
Chief, Airport Fire Department
Do Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena own the Airport?
The three cities do not own the airport, but in 1977 they jointly formed a separate government entity – the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority – to be the stand-alone legal entity that owns and operates Bob Hope Airport.
Do the cities have to pay to help run the Airport?
The finances of the cities and the airport are completely separate, and the cities do not fund any airport operations. By the same token, the airport does not pay money to the cities, except for a parking tax that applies in the City of Burbank. All of the revenue at the airport is used to meet airport expenses.
Where does the money to maintain and operate the Airport come from?
The Airport Authority collects parking lot fees, concessionaire fees, rent from tenants who occupy general aviation hangars and other facilities, and landing fees from the commercial airlines. The Authority also receives a Passenger Facility Charge each time a traveler buys an airline ticket on a flight leaving Burbank, and the federal government also offers grants to airports that are funded by an airline passenger tax.
Who tells the airlines when they can fly and how much they can charge?
Commercial air travel used to be highly regulated by the federal government, but the industry has been deregulated as far as routes and services are concerned for the past 30 years. So the airlines can pretty much come and go at will, and they make their choice based on their belief that a given route will be profitable.