The Info List - Bob Hope Airport

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BOB HOPE AIRPORT, branded as HOLLYWOOD BURBANK AIRPORT (IATA : BUR, ICAO : KBUR, FAA LID : BUR) is a public airport 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of downtown Burbank , in Los Angeles County, California . The airport serves the northern Greater Los Angeles area , including Glendale , Pasadena , and the San Fernando Valley . It is closer to Griffith Park and Hollywood than Los Angeles
Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX), and is the only airport in the area with a direct rail connection to downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. Non-stop flights mostly serve cities in the western United States , while JetBlue Airways has a daily red-eye flight to New York City .

Originally, the airport was located completely within the Burbank city limits, but the north end of Runway 15/33 has since been extended into the city of Los Angeles.

The airport is owned by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and controlled by the governments of those cities. The Airport
Authority contracts with TBI Airport
Management, Inc. to operate the airport, which has its own police department, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority Police . Boarding uses portable boarding steps or ramps rather than jet bridges .

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 2,647,287 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,294,991 in 2009, and 2,239,804 in 2010. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a medium-hub primary commercial service facility.


* 1 History * 2 Facilities * 3 New Construction * 4 Terminals

* 5 Airlines and destinations

* 5.1 Passenger * 5.2 Cargo

* 6 Airlines previously operating jet service

* 7 Statistics

* 7.1 Top destinations * 7.2 Annual traffic

* 8 Ground transportation

* 8.1 Car

* 8.1.1 Ride Sharing (TNC)

* 8.2 Bus

* 8.3 Rail

* 8.3.1 Amtrak/ Metrolink Ventura County Line

* 8.3.2 Metrolink Antelope Valley Line

* Future Bob Hope Airport- Hollywood Way station

* 8.4 Metro Rail/Liner * 8.5 Potential Red/Orange Line Extensions

* 9 Expansion * 10 Accidents and incidents * 11 In popular culture * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 External links


The airport has been named _United Airport_ (1930–1934), _Union Air Terminal_ (1934–1940), _Lockheed Air Terminal_ (1940–1967), _Hollywood-Burbank Airport_ (1967–1978), _Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport_ (1978–2003), _ Bob Hope Airport_ (since 2003, legal name), and _ Hollywood Burbank Airport_ (since 2016, branding name).

United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (UA&T) was a holding company created in 1928 that included Boeing Aircraft and United Air Lines , itself a holding company for a collection of small airlines that continued to operate under their own names. One of these airlines was Pacific Air Transport (PAT), which Boeing had acquired because of PAT's west coast mail contract in January 1928. UA&T sought a site for a new airport for PAT and found one in Burbank. UA&T had the benefit of surveys that the Aeronautics Department of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce had conducted starting in 1926 to identify potential airport sites.

It took UA those at Burbank had a 5-inch-thick (130 mm) mixture of oil and sand. There were no taxi strips, but the designers left room for them. Two of the runways were over 3,600 feet (1,100 m) long; a third was 2,900 feet (880 m); all were 300 feet (91 m) wide. Generous dimensions, and the site had room for expansion.

External image Aerial view of the Union Air Terminal Building at Burbank Airport, August 1935

_United Airport_ was dedicated amid much festivity (including an air show) on Memorial Day weekend (May 30 – June 1), 1930. The airport and its handsome Spanish revival terminal was a showy competitor to nearby Grand Central Airport
in Glendale , which was then Los Angeles' main airline terminal. The new Burbank facility was actually the largest commercial airport in the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
area until it was eclipsed in 1946 by the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in Westchester when that facility (formerly Mines Field, then Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Municipal Airport) commenced scheduled airline operations.

The Burbank facility remained United Airport
until 1934 when it was renamed _Union Air Terminal_. The name change came the same year that Federal anti-trust actions caused United Aircraft and Transport to dissolve, which took effect September 26, 1934. The Union Air Terminal moniker stuck until Lockheed bought the airport in 1940 and renamed it _Lockheed Air Terminal_.

In March 1939 sixteen airline departures a day were scheduled out of Burbank: eight on United Airlines , five on Western Airlines and three on TWA ( American Airlines ' three departures were still at Glendale). Commercial air traffic continued even while Lockheed's extensive factories supplied the war effort and developed numerous military and commercial aircraft into the mid-1960s. The April 1957 OAG shows nine weekday departures on Western, six on United, six on Pacific Air Lines (which subsequently merged with Bonanza Airlines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West ), one on TWA and one on American Airlines (a nonstop to Chicago Midway). Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) had 48 Douglas DC-4 departures a week to SFO and SAN (PSA did not fly out of LAX until 1958). Pacific Southwest Lockheed L-188 Electra, 1962

In the late 1960s Pacific Air Lines Boeing 727-100s flew nonstop to Las Vegas and San Francisco with direct one stop service to Eureka/Arcata. Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) flew from Burbank to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, and Hughes Airwest (previously Air West] flew Douglas DC-9-10s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s nonstop to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver with onestop DC-9 jet service to Houston Hobby Airport
. Hughes Airwest even operated one-stop DC-9 flights to Grand Canyon National Park Airport
near the south rim of the Grand Canyon. In 1986 United Airlines Boeing 767-200s flew nonstop to Chicago O\'Hare Airport
with the 767 being the largest passenger airliner ever to serve Burbank. AirCal McDonnell Douglas MD-80s flew nonstop to the Bay Area and direct to Lake Tahoe.

At 3:30 p.m. on February 13, 1966, a fire broke out in a greasy flue in the kitchen of the terminal building's second-floor restaurant, The Sky Room. Fanned by gusty winds, the fire spread through the terminal and control tower. Controllers in the tower were able to escape on an aerial ladder and air traffic was diverted to nearby Van Nuys Airport and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
International Airport
for several hours. A controller communicated with aircraft using the radio in a light airplane belonging to Sky Roamers Air Travel, a flying club whose hangar was just east of the control tower. The fire, contained by about 6:30 p.m., caused an estimated $2 million in damages to the terminal, tower and equipment in the tower. No injuries were reported.

Lockheed officials declared that the airport would reopen the next day, and it did, using electronic equipment borrowed from LAX and set up in a nearby hangar. The hangar also served as the airport's temporary passenger terminal and baggage claim area. The gutted terminal and tower were rebuilt and reopened the following year.

In 1967 Lockheed renamed the facility _Hollywood-Burbank Airport_. In 1969 Continental Airlines began Boeing 720B flights to Portland and Seattle via San Jose and also flew the short hop to Ontario. Continental later switched to Boeing 727-200s with some flights continuing to Chicago via Ontario. Continental went on to serve Denver with nonstop Boeing 727-200s from BUR. Later Alaska Airlines Boeing 727-200s flew nonstop or direct to Seattle and Portland, which was Alaska Air's first service to southern California. Aloha Airlines pioneered flights from BUR to Hawaii, flying Boeing 737-700s nonstop to Honolulu before ceasing operations.

The facility remained Hollywood-Burbank Airport
for more than a decade until 1978 when Lockheed sold it to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority. The airport then got its fifth name: _Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport_ (1978–2003).

On November 11, 2003 the airport authority voted to change the name to _ Bob Hope Airport_ in honor of comedian Bob Hope , a longtime resident of nearby Toluca Lake , who had died earlier that year and who had kept his personal airplane at the airfield. The new name was unveiled on December 17, 2003, on the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers ' first flight in 1903, the year that Bob Hope was born.

Numerous attempts to expand safety buffer zones and add runway length have drawn opposition from the airport's neighbors, citing increased noise. Open space around the airport is nonexistent, making land acquisition unlikely.

In 2005 the airport celebrated its 75th anniversary; in 2006 it served 5,689,291 travelers on seven major carriers, with more than 70 flights daily.

After much debate between the Airport
Authority, the city of Burbank, the Transportation Security Administration, and Burbank residents, in November 2007 it was decided that a new $8-million to $10-million baggage screening facility for Terminal B is legal, considering the anti-growth limitations placed on the airport. The facility will house a $2.5-million explosive detection system, used for the automatic detection of explosives within checked luggage. However, the facility is still in the early planning phases.

The land occupied by the old Lockheed buildings (demolished in the 1990s) at the corners of Empire Avenue and Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue, is now the site of a growing power center commercial development with chain restaurants and businesses.


View of tower from open gangway, 2015

Bob Hope