Do the three cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena own the airport?
The three cities do not own the airport, but in 1977 they jointly formed a separate government entity – the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority – to be the stand-alone legal entity that owns and operates Bob Hope Airport.
Do the cities have to pay to help run the airport?
The finances of the cities and the airport are completely separate, and the cities do not fund any airport operations. By the same token, the airport does not pay money to the cities, except for a parking tax that applies in the City of Burbank. All of the revenue at the airport is used to meet airport expenses.
Where does the money to maintain and operate the airport come from?
The Airport Authority collects parking lot fees, concessionaire fees, rent from tenants who occupy general aviation hangars and other facilities, and landing fees from the commercial airlines. The Authority also receives a Passenger Facility Charge each time a traveler buys an airline ticket on a flight leaving Burbank, and the federal government also offers grants to airports that are funded by an airline passenger tax.
Who tells the airlines when they can fly and how much they can charge?
Commercial air travel used to be highly regulated by the federal government, but the industry has been deregulated as far as routes and services are concerned for the past 30 years. So the airlines can pretty much come and go at will, and they make their choice based on their belief that a given route will be profitable.