Travelers who have signed up for the Thanks Again Rewards Program can now earn airline miles or hotel points when they park, shop, or dine at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. On July 26, the Airport officially launched its partnership with Thanks Again, providing travelers that morning with a free pastry if they enrolled a credit or debit card in the program.
The Thanks Again Rewards Program offers travelers one airline mile or two hotel points for every dollar they spend at participating merchants and concessions at over 170 airports and thousands of neighborhood businesses and local tourist attractions across the country. Burbank Bob Hope Airport will be the only L.A. Basin airport offering Thanks Again for the next year. Nonstop destinations Seattle, Portland, and JFK International Airports also offer Thanks Again rewards for travelers.
Interested travelers can enroll cards in the program now at the Thanks Again website. If the card is already part of an existing rewards program, the miles or points from Airport purchases will accumulate in addition to the reward points normally earned by the card.
The Airport and the City of Burbank hosted two community workshops to discuss future development opportunities for areas around the Airport, including the former Lockheed B6 property on Hollywood Way.
On June 27, community members gathered at the Airport Marriott to learn about the potential for improved rail and other transit connectivity to the Airport and the possibilities for industrial or commercial development on the currently vacant B6 site, as well as other properties in the area. The workshop included welcoming remarks from Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Burbank Airport Authority Commissioner Bill Wiggins, informative display boards and models of the Airport area, and breakout discussion sessions for the public to offer input. The workshop was part of an ongoing ground transportation and transit-oriented development study sponsored jointly by the Airport Authority and the City. Learn more at www.linkburbank.com.
On July 9, the Burbank City Council held a public workshop to continue the public dialogue on creating a future vision for the Airport and the B6 property, including the Airport’s desire for a replacement terminal with the same number of gates as the current terminal. The current 83-year-old terminal does not meet current seismic standards and, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is located too close to the runway. The Authority and the City have set a mutual goal of achieving agreement on the future vision for the Airport by 2015. The workshop can be viewed on the City’s website.
On July 18, Burbank Bob Hope Airport hosted 70 elementary school children from the City of Burbank’s Robert Gross Park Summer Camp. At the Airport Fire House, the campers observed aircraft arrivals and departures and witnessed demonstrations by Airport employees and tenants.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees demonstrated the need for X-ray security machines by hiding candy and water guns in the linings of carry-on bags and laptop cases. Southwest Airlines taught campers how to direct a taxiing airplane to an Airport gate. The Airport Police and Fire Departments also demonstrated their equipment, culminating with the Fire Department soaking happy campers with jets of water from one of the Airport fire trucks.
The campers also got the opportunity to explore a police helicopter and police cruiser up close. Campers took turns viewing the interior of the helicopter, courtesy of the City of Burbank Police Department, and enjoyed pizza for lunch.
This is the seventh consecutive year in which the Airport has hosted campers from Robert Gross Park, which was donated to the City of Burbank by Lockheed.
In July, the Airport Authority Commission elected new officers for the coming year. Commissioner Susan Georgino of Burbank was elected President. Commissioner Steve Madison of Pasadena was chosen as Vice President and Commissioner Frank Quintero of Glendale was named Secretary.
The Providence Blood Donor Center of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will hold its seventeenth annual blood drive at Burbank Bob Hope Airport on July 31 in the Terminal A Skyroom. The drive will last from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is open to the public. All donors will receive a coupon for a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
An Express Pay Station has been added to Lot C, the long-term self-park lot on Thornton Avenue. Passengers wishing to make a quick exit can use the new Express Pay Station and present their paid parking ticket at Lot C’s Express Exit Lane.
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