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For the jetsetters among us

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wynnFor those  immune to the recession, Wynn Las Vegas is  offering  a posh travel package from Burbank.

The Jetsetter Getaway Package, available through November, includes a three-night stay at Wynn or Encore and roundtrip transportation via in a 50-seat jet from Bob Hope or John Wayne airports.

Packages from Burbank start at $780, per person, double occupancy, and $1,193, per person, single occupancy, including taxes and fees.

Perhaps this will help Bob Hope bring its passenger numbers up.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Former Leader, News-Press columnist weighs in on airport curfew

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The FAA in the next three weeks will announce its decision on whether to grant or deny the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application for a nighttime noise curfew at Bob Hope Airport.

In reading through the letters submitted to the authority last year and FAA this summer, several stood out from a crowd of  government officials, airline and cargo associations and valley residents. One in particular, from former Leader and Glendale News-Press columnist Will Rogers, was submitted July 3 under Docket No. FAA – 2009 – 0546.

I’ve copied the letter in its entirety below for your reading pleasure. A PDF of the letter and whimsical attachment is here.

I am writing to urge FAA approval of the Part 161 application made with regard to the imposition of a nighttime curfew at the Bob Hope Airport In Burbank, Calif.

When the city of Burbank conducted a referendum among voters in 1976 to approve the creation of the Airport Authority that currently operates the airport, voters approved that undertaking with the understanding that panel of representatives from a trio of area cities would operate the facility in a manner that did not increase the airport’s impacts on the community which serves as its host: Burbank. I believe this is every bit an urgent consideration as the entirety of the airport’s application.

I confess skepticism that missives such as this one are actually given even cursory consideration as part of the review process, and so I am reluctant to invest the massive amounts of time required to document those assurances, and the facility’s operations on the 33 years since that date. But I will be happy to provide that information on request.

Ultimately, the point is that, had Burbank voters realized there was any possibility that “local control” of the facility, and the meaningful restriction of noise impacts would fall by the wayside and control would fall to the federal government, the proposal would have failed dismally back in 1976, and the facility simply would not exist today for the subsequent debate and current Part 161 application to take place. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

Officials to take comments on $100-million transit center

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Bob Hope Airport (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Bob Hope Airport (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Officials tomorrow will open the public comment period for a proposed $100-million regional transportation center that would incorporate taxis, buses, light-rail and rental cars at Bob Hope Airport.

The initial study and partial environmental declaration is available for public review and comment for a 30-day period on the airport’s website at the main libraries of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, and in the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s administrative offices, 2627 Hollywood Way in Burbank.

Airport officials in May spent nearly $95,000 to prepare an initial study of the proposed project to comply with state environmental law.

Written comments must be received by mail, fax or e-mail no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Bob Hope Airport to offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations

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Credit: Creative Commons

Credit: Creative Commons

Bob Hope Airport, through a pact with Torrance-based OnSite Wellness Services, will offer seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Oct. 1.

Vaccines will cost $25 per dose and the pneumonia vaccine will be offered for $45. Invitations were extended to all tenants of the airport, the Burbank Airport Marriott, Yahoo and the Media Studios North campus operated by M. David Paul & Associates. The vaccination station will be located in Terminal A between the airline ticket counters and the Terminal A security checkpoint.

“For the past four years, the Airport has teamed up with Airport district businesses for our annual blood drive,” Lucy Burghdorf, Bob Hope Airport community relations manager, said in a statement. “We’re happy to offer travelers and people who work on or near the Airport an opportunity to protect themselves against the seasonal flu and pneumonia, and we hope the convenient schedule and location will make it easier for more people to get the vaccinations.”

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Southwest 737 diverts from Bob Hope to LAX

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A Southwest jet taxis for take off at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.  (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

A Southwest jet taxis at Bob Hope Airport. (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

A possible “flap problem” to a Southwest Airlines 737 jetliner caused the pilot to divert to Los Angeles International Airport today where he landed safely, aviation authorities said.

Flight 3419 from Phoenix to Burbank  was to land at Bob Hope Airport when the pilot decided about 8:50 a.m. to divert to LAX, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The aircraft landed at 9:24 a.m., and will be inspected to determine a cause for the problem, Gregor added.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Bob Hope Airport nabs environmental award

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Photo courtesy of Bob Hope Airport

Courtesy of Bob Hope Airport

The Airports Council International–North America on Monday announced that Bob Hope Airport will receive the 2009 Environmental Achievement Award for Environmental Management at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

The award acknowledges Hangar 25, known as the world’s first aviation facility certified platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Hangar 25 this month gained international notoriety when the Avjet-operated Boeing Business Jet carrying former President Bill Clinton and two freed journalists landed at Bob Hope Airport on their return flight from North Korea.

Unveiled by the development team of Shangri-La Development and Shangri-La Construction and operating partner Avjet Corporation in Dec. 2008, the 62,000 square-foot facility was constructed to house private aircraft ranging in size from small corporate jets to Boeing 757-200s.

“Airports have many innovative programs designed to address the environmental impact of their operations,”  ACI-NA President Greg Principato said in a statement. “The ACI-NA Environmental Achievement awards recognize those airports that set an example for the industry by going above and beyond regulatory compliance standards to protect and preserve the environment.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Air Transport Association: Labor Day travel to decline 3.5%

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Passengers wait in line at Southwest Airlines counters at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.  (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

Passengers wait in line at Southwest Airlines counters at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

The number of airline passengers during the Labor Day holiday is expected to decline this year as the recession continues to grind away business and leisure budgets, experts said Monday.

The Air Transport Assn. of America, an industry trade group, projects that 16 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines between Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, a decline of about 3.5% from the 17 million passengers during the same period last year.

“Economic uncertainty and persistently high energy prices for consumers and businesses continue to impact demand for air travel,” ATA Chief Executive James May said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm