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
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
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
* 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
The Burbank facility remained United
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
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
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
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
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
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