Bob Hope Airport reports higher passenger numbers -
The number of passengers at Bob Hope Airport increased by more than 5%
each in September and October compared to the same period last year,
the most significant increase since 2008.
Earlier this year, passenger traffic was up 1.8% in August and 1.2% in
July, compared with numbers from the same months last year.
“This commission has been waiting to see these kinds of results here
now for, what, seven years,” said Dan Feger, the airport's executive
Feger said he hoped that the increased passenger traffic was a sign of
an improving economy.
In past months, Feger had suggested that part of the decline in United
passengers may have been due to federally mandated safety work that had
closed two of four runways at San Francisco International Airport from
May through August, reducing the number of flights on the
Burbank-to-San Francisco route.
Other airports in the region also reported increases in passenger
tallies for October. The number of travelers at Ontario International
Airport rose by 7.69%, while there was a 6.79% hike at Los Angeles
International Airport. Long Beach Airport also saw a slight rise of
December 8 - December 14, 2014
City Council Supports Plan To Eliminate Two Runways At LGB
- Long Beach Gazette
Following an Airfield Geometric Study designed to evaluate the
efficiency and safety of the airstrips and taxiways at Long Beach
Airport, the City Council last week voted in support of eliminating two
of the airport’s five runways.
Removing the two north-south runways won’t in any way change commercial
or general aviation traffic patterns, and won't impact the city’s noise
ordinance, said Reggie Harrison, interim director of LGB.
“The two runways that are recommended for elimination have not been in
operation for a number of years, in great part due to them not being
needed,” Harrison said.
December 1 - December 7, 2014
LAX increases market share as that of Ontario airport, others
shrink - LA Times
Most airports in the area are growing again, but figures released
Monday underscore just how much Los Angeles International Airport
dominates the market and continues to frustrate the goals of a lawsuit
settlement to spread airline traffic across the region..
A new study presented to the Ontario International Airport Authority
board shows that LAX will handle a record 71.4 million airline
passengers this year and has increased its market share as of September
to 76.4%, the highest in 25 years.
“The fact is that the attempt by Los Angeles to regionalize aviation in
Southern California has failed miserably. We need to bring local
control back to the airport.”
- Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan Wapner
According to airport figures, the number of passengers at LA/Ontario
has increased about 4.1% during the first 10 months of this year from
about 3.29 million to 3.42 million. It has been predicted that the
volume will be about 4.1 million by the end of the year.
Though the number of passengers is up, the report indicates that
airlines will continue to pull available seats out of the LA/Ontario
market and reduce flight schedules into 2015, the eighth consecutive
year that carriers have reduced capacity.
In addition to LA/Ontario, the data shows that Palm Springs
International Airport and John Wayne Airport in Orange County have
experienced some passenger growth since the recession, whereas Bob Hope
Airport in Burbank and Long Beach Airport have had recent declines in
travelers. City taking airport feud to
L.A. mayor - Press
Ontario officials went public Monday with a request to meet with Los
Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss local control of Ontario
International Airport because negotiations with L.A. World Airports
broke down in September.
After a meeting of the Ontario International Airport Authority on
Monday, board President Alan Wapner said Los Angeles World Airports
Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey broke off the negotiations Sept.
18 after raising the price for the airport by $200 million.
The two sides had agreed on a price, which Wapner declined to disclose.
Ontario’s lead negotiator, Al Boling, got the Ontario City Council to
approve the price. But when he next met with Lindsey, she added $200
million to the cost, Wapner said.
When asked if she would accept a counter-offer if Boling could get one
approved, Lindsey said no, effectively ending the negotiations, Wapner
LB Council to study airport noise ordinance
mid-January in light of talks about international flights -
fought to keep airlines from expanding at Long Beach Airport in order
to protect homes underneath flight paths are preparing for what may
become a new battle.
The Long Beach
City Council at its meeting on Nov. 11 voted unanimously (8-0) to
conduct a study session on the airport’s noise ordinance mid-January
after recent discussions about the potential for bringing international
flights to the airport.
year, it was revealed in a city memo that airport management had been
studying the possibility of building a federal inspection services
(FIS) facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to enable
international travel. Airport staff, however, have indicated that the
potential development is only in “preliminary” stages and would require
a three-year-plus process.
the airport’s primary commercial airline, JetBlue Airways, have
expressed interest in having international flights from Long Beach
Airport, possibly to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
noise ordinance, which was officially passed in 1995 after years of
litigation between the City and airlines involving input from affected
homeowners, allows airlines and regional commuter jets to fly only
during specific time slots that are allocated in a lottery. The
ordinance permits airlines to fly between the hours of 7am and 10pm or
face fines that range from $100 to $300 per violation, according to the
spokesperson Kerry Gerot sent an email to the Signal Tribune this week
stating that the City is not proposing any changes to the noise
ordinance regardless of the potential for a U.S. Customs facility.
November 24 - November 30, 2014
Cessna airplane makes emergency landing in Great Park -
A small Cessna airplane made an emergency landing in the Orange County
Great Park on Thursday afternoon after experiencing engine trouble,
Orange County fire officials said.
The California Highway Patrol received a distress call from the plane,
which was traveling from Long Beach Airport to McClellan-Palomar
Airport in Carlsbad, around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. CHP then notified OCFA,
which sent a response team to the Great Park and John Wayne Airport –
the pilot’s first choice for an emergency landing.
After ruling out John Wayne and considering the 73 toll road, the pilot
chose an airstrip east of the Great Park’s old airplane hangars. The
Cessna touched down safely at 2:50 p.m.
Website Editor: Comments from
certain individuals in Newport regarding El Toro Airport are sure to
John Wayne Airport sees more passengers in October with fewer
Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased
in October 2014 as compared to October 2013. In October 2014, the
Airport served 812,298 passengers, an increase of 2.6% when compared to
the October 2013 passenger traffic count of 791,710.
Commercial aircraft operations decreased 4.1%, while commuter aircraft
operations increased 86.7% when compared to October 2013 levels.
JWA Named to Condé Nast List - OCBJ
John Wayne Airport was named the fifth best airport in the country by
readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the magazine said.
Readers lauded JWA for being an international airport that is easy to
navigate and for a new customs facility for Southwest Airlines flights
Of airports in California, Long Beach
Airport bested John Wayne by one slot, coming in fourth. Readers
liked the classic retro look of its terminal, a new palm-tree lined
concourse, wine bar, and its main airline—also a reader
Los Angeles International Airport
narrowly escaped being named worst in the country: it was one spot from
the cellar, just above LaGuardia Airport and just below John F. Kennedy
International Airport, both in New York.
November 10 - November 16, 2014
Bob Hope Airport Officials Mull Name Change To Boost Passenger
Traffic - CBS.com
Is the name of a legendary comedian keeping travelers from using the
fifth-busiest airport in Southern California? Officials with Bob
Hope Airport in Burbank are considering a public image makeover amid
declining passenger traffic at the 85-year-old terminal.
The Bob Hope Airport adopted its moniker in 2003, the same year the
comedy legend died. It marked the sixth name change for the airport
since its opening in 1930.
But for a hub that caters to an estimated 4.9 million travelers per
year with more than 70 flights daily on six major carriers, many
visitors to Southern California – and even some residents – still don’t
know exactly where the airport is located.
Executives fear the lack of any geographic reference in the airport’s
name could be confusing out-of-state visitors who may not realize the
landing strip sits just miles from one of the Southland’s busiest media
Executive Director Dan Feger told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO officials are
considering changing the hub’s name to Bob Hope Burbank Hollywood
Airport – provided there’s no conflict with Tinseltown.
Website Editor: Will Orange County
follow suit and rename its airport John Wayne Disneyland International
As JetBlue seeks to add international flights at Long Beach Airport,
councilman defends noise ordinance -
It was a few words in a six-page brochure seeking candidates for the
vacant Long Beach Airport director position. But the words, stating the
new director will be expected to “influence discussion and garner
community support for a federal customs facility,” are leading to a
defense of the city’s 19-year-old airport noise ordinance.
At issue is the desire by JetBlue Airways Corp. to open a customs
facility to accommodate international air travel at the Long Beach
Airport, where 41 commercial and 25 commuter flights are permitted
JetBlue, the largest airline that flies out of the airport, is in
initial discussions with the city to add international flights.
Southwest Seeks JWA Flight to Puerto Vallarta -
John Wayne Airport’s largest airline has filed an application with the
U.S. Department of Transportation to add service to Puerto Vallarta
beginning June 7, 2015.
Southwest Airlines would fly a single daily nonstop, according to the
November 3 - November 9, 2014
Duck and Cover! The Most Terrifying Airport Runways in the U.S.
This small, private
airport is set among highbrow residential communities such as Newport
Beach, Irvine, and Costa Mesa. As a result, officials implemented
strict noise regulations for flights. Sound safe? To comply with these
rules, departing flights at John Wayne Airport must perform a steep
climb at full throttle followed by a sudden thrust reduction, inducing panic in
passengers. Takeoffs here have been compared to a missile
Website Editor: This is just
another reminder that the Board of Supervisors gave Newport Beach a
veto over any lengthening of the runway towards the south, essentially
perpetuating the situation forever regardless of future technology or
October 27 - November 2, 2014
John Wayne seeks more Mexico flights
- OC Register
In an effort to offer new nonstop flights to Mexico from John Wayne
Airport, the county will offer financial incentive packages to airlines.
This is the third time the county Board of Supervisors has voted to
offer airlines a rent credit in exchange for nonstop service between
John Wayne Airport and Mexico. The program approved by supervisors
Tuesday will provide two incentives: a $300,000 rent credit for
terminal space costs to any carrier that runs flights to a new
destination in Mexico at least five days a week during the first year
of service; and a second package that proposes either a $250,000 credit
for minimum four-day-a-week nonstop service or a $150,000 credit for at
least three days a week.
The program is smaller than the set of three $300,000 rent credits approved
in 2011 in the first incentive program. Two of those credits went
to to AirTran for nonstop flights to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City,
and the other went to Interjet for Guadalajara flights. In 2013,
supervisors extended those already awarded incentives for an additional
Currently, the only flights out of John Wayne to Mexico are to Cabo San
Lucas and Mexico City through AirTran, which was acquired by Southwest
Airlines, according to airport spokeswoman Courtney Wiercioch. Interjet
pulled out of the airport in July.
Wiercioch said Southwest could apply for the incentive for a new
John Wayne Airport tried to reduce the costs of international service
further by applying for a port of entry designation, according to a
staff report. But that was denied in a letter sent to the airport Aug.
8 from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The airport has to reimburse the federal government for inspection
services related to processing international passengers coming into the
U.S. Those costs are “substantial,” the airport wrote in a report, and
“are being passed to those air carriers providing international service
and utilizing federal facilitation and inspection services.”
With a new designation, the federal government would have shouldered
the costs of inspection equipment, personnel, and U.S. Customs and
Border Protection services, the staff report states.
In a letter to the airport, John Wagner, acting assistant commissioner
at the Office of Field Operations with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, said despite a “welcome rebound in trade and travel,” the
increase in airport traffic nationwide has “imposed many demands on an
organization whose frontline strength did not expand at the same rate.”
Airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said the airport will keep trying for a
designation that’s supported by the business community.
“We will continue to work on gaining that Port of Entry designation and
have support letters written on our behalf and in support of Port of
Entry from the OC Business Council and OC Visitors Association that we
submitted with our application,” Wedge said in an email.