On November 14, the Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority met in a special joint session and voted to approve the basic characteristics of a project encompassing a replacement passenger terminal and nearby land development that will be analyzed in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in the coming year. In a separate action, the City Council also engaged a consultant to prepare the EIR, which will cost $1.36 million, to be funded by the Authority.
The proposed replacement terminal would have 14 aircraft gates, the same number found at the current terminal. It would measure approximately 355,000 square feet, a 68% increase from the current terminal size of 211,000 square feet. The increased space would be used for wider gate access corridors, concessions, baggage facilities, passenger hold rooms, rest rooms, security functions, airline space, ticket lobby, and a truck dock.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the existing Airport facilities are not far enough from the runways to meet current safety standards. Certain portions of the present terminal are 83 years old and also do not meet current earthquake design standards.
Besides providing more user amenities while preserving the convenience of today’s terminal with the same number of gates, the terminal represents a capital investment of $300-400 million in the local region that would be paid for by travelers, airlines, and the FAA. No local taxes are involved. It would lead to additional jobs in construction, transportation, and related services and act as a unique catalyst to attract a desirable mix of business uses and jobs to the 58-acre Opportunity Site (the former Lockheed B-6 property) next to the terminal. It would also be a new “front door” for travelers arriving at Burbank and the San Fernando Valley.
The EIR will be prepared by Meridian Consultants and is targeted for completion in early 2015. Assuming approval of project entitlements by the City in spring 2015, Burbank voters will have an opportunity to approve the replacement terminal in mid-2015 before it can proceed.
Airport Staff Raises Funds for Charities
This holiday season, Airport staff has come together to raise money for several charities. In October, the Airport Fire Department raised funds for breast cancer awareness and research for the Susan G. Komen organization. Throughout October, members of the Fire Department sold pink T-shirts to Airport staff, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Fund. Their fund-raising efforts culminated in a meatball sandwich luncheon and bake sale on October 25. More than $2,100 was raised.
In November and December, the staff’s Holiday Charity Committee is hosting a series of fundraisers, including luncheons and bake sales, to support Union Station Homeless Services, an organization that provides care and help to homeless men, women, and children at five facilities around Pasadena. The committee is also hard at work collecting food items.
Memorial Bricks Available for Purchase
Burbank Bob Hope Airport has launched its SKIES OF FREEDOM™ Pavilion Memorial Brick Campaign, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to preserve their Airport legacy or affiliation through personalized bricks in the Airport’s new SKIES OF FREEDOM™ Pavilion, due to open Summer 2014 in front of the terminal. Memorial bricks are a unique way to honor a loved one, or a team, club, or organization, and for those who have personally been involved in the airport, a brick is a great way to let your presence live on. Orders can be placed at www.skiesoffreedom.com.
Are you a college football fan? Then be sure to enter the Airport’s “Trip for Two to the Rose Bowl Stadium” sweepstakes on the Airport’s official Facebook page. The prize includes admission to the Rose Bowl Stadium for the big game on January 1, 2014, round-trip airfare, a hotel stay, and dinner for two. All entrants and proposed guests must be United States residents and at least 18 years of age. The sweepstakes closes on December 13.
Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Burbank Bob Hope Airport as the best domestic airport for location and access to popular local destinations in its November issue on “World’s Best 2013.” The article emphasized the Airport’s train station, regional connectivity, and convenient shuttles and parking as highlights for travelers. The Airport was also ranked second among domestic airports for its quick and convenient security checkpoints.