Bob Hope Airport numbers down, but on track

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A Southwest airliner takes off at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank Thursday, Jul. 16, 2009.

A Southwest airliner takes off at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank Thursday, Jul. 16, 2009.

Year-to-year passenger rates at Bob Hope Airport continue to suffer, according to the latest figures released Monday.

In a preliminary report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Monday, the number of passengers at the airfield fell 9.7% in September compared to the same period last year. The number of flights declined 8.4%.

Officials said that while year-to-year passenger rates at Bob Hope Airport were down, trends were on track with conservative budget assumptions made earlier this summer.

With the figures on track, budget plans for the current fiscal year would likely remain in place, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.

The airport authority, faced with declining passenger rates since the economic downturn took hold last year, voted this year to fund only the highest priority capital improvement projects.

Airport commissioners will likely review passenger rates, the major source of income for the airport, mid-fiscal year in January to determine if any budget adjustments will need to be made, Gill said.

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Written by Jason Wells

October 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Posted in transportation

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