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Ample Parking Expected Over Christmas Holiday; Valet Lot Reduced to $13 for Long Weekend

Busy Travel Weekend Likely to Run 10%-15% Below Normal Holiday,Freeing Up Valet Spaces

BURBANK, Calif., December 21, 2001 — If there are Burbank Airport travelers are who have ever wanted to try out the airport’s famous Valet parking service, this is the weekend to do it. The combination of reduced travel since September 11 and the absence of the usual business travel clientele over the long holiday weekend has prompted the airport to lower the Valet rate to $13 per day, down from the normal $20 daily rate.  The airport’s economy lots located off the airport on Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue cost $9 per day.

“Rather than see people migrate to the remote lot while the Valet spaces remain empty right across from the front door of the airport, we thought we would give travelers an opportunity to try the Valet service out,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

The passenger count was down 15% in October and 13% in November, and the Authority expects lower than normal demand for the immediate future, Marrero said.

“It’s still a busy place, and travelers still need to allow extra time for the added security measures they’ll encounter in the terminal, but holiday parking should be very convenient,” he said.

Airport patrons can access a wide variety of travel and airline information at www.burbankairport.com, and the airport broadcasts information on AM 1700.  General tips on airport security include:

The curbside in front of the terminals is restricted to the immediate loading and unloading of passengers.

Be prepared to show proper government issued identification and airline travel documentation.

All passenger baggage is subject to search; no sharp objects, blades or knives are allowed irrespective of length.

Terminal holdroom areas are restricted to ticketed passengers only; authorized exceptions are allowed for unaccompanied minors and the physically infirmed.




L.A. Dismisses Long-Standing Lawsuit Over Airport Planning

Case Was Last Remnant of Los Angeles’ 1993 Challenge to Replacement Terminal EIR; Authority Dismisses Counterclaim Against LAX Master Plan

BURBANK, Calif., December 3, 2001 — In a move that brought closure to eight years of litigation, the City of Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit against the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority that began in 1993 as a challenge to the Authority’s environmental impact report for land acquisition and a replacement terminal project.

A Superior Court accepted the EIR for the terminal in 1995 following the addition of a supplemental volume, but the case remained alive as Los Angeles amended its complaint to argue that the environmental impact of a wide variety of potential airport projects should be analyzed as a group in the context of a master plan.  Only one of the projects, a combined fuel storage facility, was constructed.

Last year, the Authority filed a cross petition against Los Angeles, alleging that the master plan EIR for Los Angeles International Airport failed to address impacts resulting from a shift of flights from LAX to Burbank Airport.

“This is an example of a legal case that outlived the circumstances that brought it about in the first place,” said Dios Marrero, executive director of Burbank Airport.  “We were close to a settlement with Los Angeles a year and a half ago.  The city knew the case wasn’t going anywhere, but the issue got caught up in the politics of the city’s mayoral election campaign.

“When Los Angeles abandoned the LAX master plan this year, the Authority decided to simply bow out and dismiss its complaint, and now Los Angeles has decided there is really no controversy to litigate,” he said.

The case was dismissed October 24th.




Michael S. Post Named Director of Public Safety

Veteran Glendale Police Department Captain to Fill Newly Created Position; will Oversee Airport Police and Fire Departments

BURBANK, Calif., November 29, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today announced the appointment of Glendale Police Captain Michael S. Post, 52, to fill the newly created position of Director of Public Safety, effective December 10th.

Post will be responsible for the administration of the Burbank Airport Police and Fire Departments, a work force totaling 53 persons when fully staffed.  Consolidating the oversight of the two departments under a single director was one of several enhancements to the airport’s public safety program announced in October, based on recommendations by the Authority’s ad hoc committee on security and public safety formed after the attacks of September 11th.

“We are pleased to have an experienced law enforcement officer of Mike’s caliber join us.  The Airport Authority has initiated the process of beefing up our police operation to enhance the security of our facility to the traveling public. Mike brings both professional local law enforcement experience and a background in aviation, an ideal combination for the work we do at the airport,” said Dios Marrero, executive director.

Initial priorities will include bringing training standards for airport police officers into conformance with those required for initial hiring by most municipal departments in California and ensuring that the department is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).

Airport police are already sworn peace officers and meet standards specified by state and federal law, but their initial training requirements have not been P.O.S.T.-certified. They also receive special aviation law training that municipal officers are not normally given.

The new director will also conduct the hiring of 14 new police officers, bringing the total department up to 34 positions from its current level of 19.  The additional law enforcement presence was mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration following September 11th.

Post is a 28-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department and has been a captain since 1991, where he has been in command of the Investigative Services Division and the Support Services Division, with a staff of 80.  He was active in the establishment of the joint Burbank and Glendale police helicopter facility at Burbank Airport in the 1990s and was the direct manager of Glendale police flight operations.

Post holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chapman College and a master’s degree in management from the University of California at Pomona. He is a graduate of the Aviation Safety Management Program of the University of Southern California School of Engineering and has completed numerous other law enforcement and military specialty courses.

Post and his wife of 31 years reside in the San Fernando Valley.




Wednesday, November 21, 2001 Update

Curbside check-in is now available for passengers on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Please refer to previous statements on other security-related measures posted immediately below. You may also listen to a radio broadcast of airport security information on AM 1700 when driving in the vicinity of the airport.




Authority Adopts Public Safety Enhancements -- Combines Oversight of Police And Fire Departments; Adds Officers to Police Force And Augments Training

Airport Police Officers to Receive Training Equivalent to Municipal Departments on Initial Hiring; Force to Grow from 19 to 34 Positions

BURBANK, Calif., October 19, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has undertaken several key measures to enhance law enforcement and firefighting services at the airport, based on recommendations by the Authority’s ad hoc committee on security and public safety formed after the attacks of September 11th.

The measures include:

  • Establishing the position of Director of Public Safety and consolidating the oversight of the Airport’s Police Department and Fire Department under that position
  • Enhancement of police officer training for new hires and existing officers to levels equal to standards for most municipal departments in California
  • Increasing the Airport Police Department from 19 to 34 positions
  • The Authority directed that recruitment for the additional peace officers begin immediately.  The vote, taken in closed session October 15, was 7-0, with one commissioner absent.

Executive Director Dios Marrero announced the measures and noted that the Authority intends to adjust peace officer salaries in accordance with the increased training.  The adjustments will be negotiated with the Airport peace officers union.

He also emphasized that the training will be certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T), an optional training standard observed by many municipal police departments in the state.  Airport police are already sworn peace officers and meet standards specified by state and federal law, but their initial training requirements have not been P.O.S.T.-certified. They also receive special aviation law training that municipal officers are not normally given.

The new measures stem in part from increased requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration for more law enforcement personnel at airports following the East Coast terrorist attacks.  As an interim measure, the Authority has been augmenting the Airport Police Department with officers from the police departments of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

The ad hoc committee, which included Authority Commissioners Chris Holden of Pasadena, David Newsham of Burbank and Carl Povilaitis of Glendale, also felt the increased training and salary would enhance recruiting efforts and promote long-term improved safety and security for the traveling public, Marrero said.




FAA Limits Carry-On to 1 PC. Luggage, 1 Personal Item

BURBANK, Calif., Wednesday, October 10, 2001 — The FAA has imposed a new restriction regarding carry-on luggage, limiting passengers to one piece of luggage and one personal item such as a purse, handbag, or briefcase per person.  All other luggage must be checked at the airline ticket counter.  The restriction applies nationwide.




Search Requirement Activated for Cars in Short Term and Valet Lots

BURBANK, Calif., Tuesday, October 9, 2001 — The Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a requirement that all cars using the airport's Short Term or Valet parking lots be searched upon entry to the lot.  Patrons who do not wish to have their cars searched may use Remote Lots A, B, and C where free shuttle tram service to the terminal is available.

Personnel are stationed at the entry to the Short Term lot to conduct the search of each vehicle, which will normally be of brief duration.  Three entrances are operating, and a special queuing area has been created to prevent cars from backing up onto the airport roadway.

Cars dropped at Valet will be searched at the time of arrival.

As always, travelers are advised to check with their airlines for flight specific information, and it is advisable to build in extra time for the added security procedures associated with check-in and security checkpoint clearance.

Travelers can obtain individual airline information from the airline's phone reservation system or website.  All Burbank Airport airline websites are available on our home page.  The toll free phone reservation numbers for the airlines are:

Alaska: (800) 426-0333

America West: (800) 235-9292

American: (800) 433-7300

Southwest: (800) 435-9792

United: (800) 241-6522

Passengers should be prepared to observe the following security-related measures that have been well publicized at U.S. airports, including:

  • The curbside in front of the terminals is restricted to the immediate loading and unloading passengers
  • Be prepared to show proper government issued identification and airline travel documentation
  • All passenger baggage is subject to search; no sharp objects, blades or knives are allowed irrespective of length
  • Terminal holdroom areas are restricted to ticketed passengers only; authorized exceptions allowed for unaccompanied minors and the physically infirm

 

 





Thursday, October 4, 2001 Update

While FAA-mandated heightened security measures remain in force, passengers on American, Southwest and United Airlines today are finding curbside check-in with skycaps available once again at Burbank Airport.  America West and Alaska Airlines passengers must still check in at the terminal ticket counter, but skycaps are available to assist in transporting luggage as needed.

Otherwise, the airport appears to be gradually returning to a more normal status.  Passenger volume appears to be picking up, and the airlines continue to offer 69 daily departures to the primary West Coast cities served from Burbank as well as Denver and Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Please scroll down this page to previous statements regarding new security requirements.  As always, travelers are advised to check with their airlines for flight specific information, and it is advisable to build in extra time for the added security procedures associated with check-in and security checkpoint clearance.

Travelers are urged to seek individual airline information from the airline's phone reservation system or website.  All Burbank Airport airline websites are available on our home page.  The toll free phone reservation numbers for the airlines are:

Alaska: (800) 426-0333

America West: (800) 235-9292

American: (800) 433-7300

Southwest: (800) 435-9792

United: (800) 241-6522




Authority Votes to Sell 22 Acres of Surplus Lockheed B-6 Land

Enters into Escrow on Los Angeles Portion of Property Not Needed for Terminal; Sale Will Provide $16.9 Million to Bolster Airport Finances

BURBANK, Calif., October 1, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted unanimously today to enter into a 120-day escrow for the sale of 22 acres of the former Lockheed Plant B-6 property within Los Angeles at a price of $16.95 million to Cabot Industrial Properties L.P. of Boston, MA. The buyer intends to develop the site for light industrial uses not related to airport activities.

The land is part of 130 acres acquired from Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1999 in conjunction with a proposed replacement passenger terminal project, but the Authority has determined that this parcel is surplus to any potential terminal requirements.

“We have carefully reviewed the status of this property, and it is clear that any terminal we might want to build – even in light of additional requirements that might arise because of security – will fit well within the boundaries of the remaining B-6 property,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

The sale has taken on added importance for the Authority’s finances since normal Authority revenue has been significantly impacted in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  “Obtaining $16.9 million at this time will provide us with much needed liquidity as we try to assess the long-term picture,” Marrero added.

The sale was prompted by an agreement between the Authority and the City of Burbank requiring that 80 acres of the former Lockheed property be sold after the two parties failed to reach a final accord on the terminal program by May 2000.  The Woodland Hills office of Cushman and Wakefield of California, Inc. began listing the property in February of this year.

Approximately 58 acres of B-6 land remain unsold, and the Authority last week asked Burbank to relax the sale requirement, while suspending all activity relating to a terminal project in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Under terms of today’s purchase and sale agreement, the buyer has 90 days to perform due diligence, followed by another 30 days to close the transaction.  The property will be sold with an easement permitting aircraft overflights, and any structures built must conform to FAA height restrictions for buildings near runways.




Authority Votes to Suspend Terminal Development Effort in Wake of September 11th Events

Will Also Seek to Halt Sale of Burbank Portion of Lockheed Property, Pending National Actions to Address Security and Financial Uncertainties

BURBANK, Calif., September 27, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today voted to place on hold all replacement terminal development activities, including work on an alternate terminal Environmental Impact Report and terminal development on the former Lockheed B-6 property.  The Authority also voted to place a hold on further efforts to sell the Burbank portion of the B-6 property, the site that has been under consideration for the relocation of the airport’s airline terminal.

The Burbank City Council previously required sale of the property, which was acquired from Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1999, if the City and the Authority failed to agree on a terminal development plan by May 2000.  The Authority will need the City Council’s concurrence to put the sale on hold.

Authority President Chris Holden cited numerous issues that led to the decision, including concerns over airline industry viability, current and future economic impact on Authority finances, and the unknown impact of security measures on airport development design and construction standards.

“We estimate that the Authority will lose between $750,000 and $1 million in operating revenue in September alone, and there are just too many questions without good answers for us to make good judgments on a significant project like the terminal,” said Holden. He noted that Standard & Poors had placed all North American airports on credit watch because of current concerns over airports’ ability to maintain adequate revenue streams to carry their debt.

The Authority voted 5 to 0 in favor of the action, with one commissioner absent.  The three commissioners from the City of Burbank abstained.

Holden sent letters to the mayors of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena advising the three cities of the Authority’s action.

“Like the rest of the nation, the Authority is monitoring the steps being taken by the federal government and the airlines to ensure safe and economically viable aviation.  We believe this will be the priority that will engage all of us for the foreseeable future.  Until that goal is achieved, the terminal replacement issues that have occupied our attention will have to remain on hold,” he wrote.




End-of-Day note, Friday, September 21, 2001, 5:00 p.m.

Although passenger levels are still not back to normal, it is clear that more passengers are returning to the airport.  Cars were parked up to the third level of the short-term parking structure this afternoon, and lots for valet parking that were empty at the start of the week now have cars.  Airport restaurant and news concessions have customers, in contrast to the beginning of the week.

All airlines were flying substantial schedules to the West Coast markets Burbank is known for, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, and Dallas-Ft. Worth..  Travelers should refer to individual airline phone reservation centers or websites for specific flight information.

While travelers are still well-advised to build in plenty of extra time when they come to the airport, most travelers have encountered few if any difficulties at Burbank, and certainly no lengthy delays.  Pre-boarding and check-in continue to run smoothly, and there have been no noticeable build-ups of lines or other delays in the tightened security environment.

Roadways remain clear into the terminal area, where curbside pick-up and drop-off of passengers is permitted and readily available.  However, no parking or waiting is permitted at the curb.

In short, the air travel experience at Burbank is a good one.

For reference, passengers should be prepared to observe security-related measures that have been well publicized since U.S. airports reopened a week ago:

  • The curbside in front of the terminals is restricted to the immediate loading and unloading passengers
  • Be prepared to show proper government issued identification and airline travel documentation
  • Curbside baggage check-in (Skycap service) has been suspended; all bags must be checked at the airline ticket counter inside the terminal
  • All passenger baggage is subject to search; no sharp objects, blades or knives are allowed irrespective of length
  • Terminal holdroom areas are restricted to ticketed passengers only; authorized exceptions allowed for unaccompanied minors and the physically infirmed



85% of Scheduled Flights Return to Service; Passengers Well Below Normal Levels as Week Starts

Southwest Running Full Schedule; Other Carriers Vary, but Continue to Move Toward Normalcy

BURBANK, Calif., September 17, 2001— The five airlines serving Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport have reinstated approximately 85% of the flights that were in service prior to the World Trade Center/Pentagon tragedy September 11.  All facilities at the airport are operating normally, but there is a significant reduction in the number of passengers coming to the airport as the week begins.

Southwest Airlines posted a full schedule today of 52 departures, serving Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and several through destinations.  United Airlines, normally the second largest operator, scheduled five flights out of a normal 10 to San Francisco and reported that there should be a flight to Denver and two more to San Francisco added to the schedule by the middle of the week.

Alaska is nearing a normal level of flights to Portland and Seattle, and America West ran four departures to Phoenix.  American Airlines offered two flights to Dallas-Ft. Worth today.

The slack demand meant that passengers who did decide to travel today continued to find no crowded conditions at the airport and no unusual delays in pre-boarding.  Parking spaces were widely available in all classes of parking lots and airport roads provided easy access to the front of the terminal for immediate drop-off or pick-up of passengers.  Curbside check-in of luggage, of course, remains unavailable because of security restrictions.




Burbank Airport Status Update as of Friday, September 14, 8:40 a.m.

All airlines except United are offering limited flights at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport today.  Southwest will have the most activity, reporting at this hour that it will offer 42 departures today, compared to a normal schedule of 52.

America West has a limited schedule to Phoenix; Alaska is currently listing a late morning departure to Seattle; American has already staged its only departure for this date to Dallas-Ft.Worth.

The scene at the airport this morning is very orderly, with light traffic on the airport's roadway system and no crowding in the main terminal building.

Travelers are advised to confirm arrangements with their airlines before coming to the airport.  The Airport Authority is broadcasting parking and other information on AM 1700 for drivers in the vicinity of the airport.

To recap security measures now in effect:

Discontinuation of curbside baggage check-in.  All bags must be checked at the airline ticket counters.

Access beyond security checkpoints will be limited to ticketed passengers only; no “meeters and greeters.” Ticketless travelers will need the printed itinerary from the airline or an authorization from the airline ticket counter in the main terminal.

Augmented screening of passengers and belongings at the checkpoint.

The airport lost some of its short-term parking spaces due to security requirements. Travelers and short-term visitors are urged to use remote parking lots A, B and C with tram connections to the terminal building.

Drivers will still be allowed to drop off passengers along the curb in front of the terminal, but absolutely no parking or waiting will be allowed.  Travelers must be sure to carry proper identification and maintain control of their luggage.

 

End-of-Day Note for Friday, September 14, 5:00 p.m.

The day has gone very smoothly.  No long lines at the ticket counters or security check points.  As a rule, the airlines anticipate gradually increasing their schedules in the coming days.  They are posting daily updates on their websites (links available on the home page of this site).--V. Gill




Burbank Airport Cleared to Open; Airlines Have Not Scheduled Flights for Today

FAA Issues Notice of Security Compliance

BURBANK, Calif., September 13, 2001 — The Federal Aviation Administration notified Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport at 11:30 a.m. that the airport meets current aviation security requirements as established by the FAA.  The airport is therefore open and available to the airlines and the traveling public.  However, the five major carriers serving Burbank – Southwest, United, American, America West, and Alaska – have no announced flights scheduled at the present time, and none are expected today.

As always, travelers are urged to monitor airline announcements about the resumption of service and confirm specific traveling arrangements prior to coming to the airport.

“Our team has worked hard to provide airport facilities that will meet the needs of the traveling public in this time of enhanced security.  We look forward to welcoming our patrons back, and they will still find an airport that serves them and appreciates them,” said Dios Marrero, executive director.

The FAA is posting a roster of U.S. airports that are cleared for operation on its website, www.faa.gov/.  The site is being continually updated.

When flights do resume, passengers will find significant added security measures in place at the airport.  The airport roadway system will be open for picking up and dropping off passengers at the curb, but the driver must leave immediately afterwards.  There will be no curbside check-in; passengers must check their luggage at the airline ticket counter.  However, skycaps will be available to assist in moving luggage from the front sidewalk to the ticket counter if needed.

Only ticketed passengers will be allowed beyond the security checkpoints.  Travelers should take care in choosing personal belongings; no knives of any kind will be permitted.  All travelers must be prepared to show proper identification.

Short-term parking will be available in the parking structure opposite the main terminal entrance, but 60 spaces have been eliminated due to security requirements.  Patrons are encouraged to use remote lots A, B and C and reach the terminal by tram.




Burbank Airport Status Update as of Thursday, September 13, 2001, 11:52 A.M.:

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport has received formal notification from the Federal Aviation Administration that it is compliant with all current security requirements.  The facility is therefore open and available to the airlines. However, most airlines at the airport have already declared they will not operate today.

The Authority will post further notices about airline service on this site as information becomes available.




Burbank Airport Status Update as of Thursday, September 13, 2001, 10:30 A.M.:

Although the FAA has reopened the nation's airspace, Burbank Airport has yet to receive final clearance from the FAA to operate, and the prospects for scheduled flights today are very limited.

It cannot be overemphasized that travelers are best advised to seek specific information from the airlines before coming to the airport.

Southwest Airlines, which provides 65% of the scheduled flights on a normal day at Burbank, has stated it will offer NO flights at Burbank today.  Neither will American Airlines.  There is some discussion by the remaining carriers of possibly offering VERY LIMITED service by this evening, but no flights have been confirmed at this time.

Press statements listed below on this website provide background information on events leading up to today, including the additional security measures passengers should expect when scheduled flights do resume.




FAA Extends Ground Stop Order; No Flights at Burbank at Least Until Tomorrow

Travelers Advised to Follow Airline Announcements and be Prepared for Additional Security Measures

BURBANK, Calif., September 12, 2001, 5:00 p.m. — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s ground stop order, ensuring there will be no airline flights at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport at least until tomorrow.  No specific opening time for the airport has yet been determined, and no specific schedule of flights is yet available.

Airlines are cautioning that they will resume service only when it is operationally practical to do so and consistent with federal directives.   All airlines at Burbank are posting periodic updates on their respective websites.  Links to the websites are available through the airport’s website, www.burbankairport.com/.  The airline sites also include telephone contact options.

When Burbank and other airports do open, the DOT advises travelers to be prepared for numerous new security measures that will tend to lengthen the pre-boarding process. They include:

Discontinuation of curbside baggage check-in.  All bags must be checked at the airline ticket counters.

Access beyond security checkpoints will be limited to ticketed passengers only; no “meeters and greeters.” Ticketless travelers will need the printed itinerary from the airline or an authorization from the airline ticket counter in the main terminal.

Augmented screening of passengers and belongings at the checkpoint.

The airport also expects to lose some of its short-term parking spaces due to security requirements. Travelers and short-term visitors are urged to use remote parking lots A, B and C with tram connections to the terminal building.

Drivers will still be allowed to drop off passengers along the curb in front of the terminal, but absolutely no parking or waiting will be allowed.  Travelers must be sure to carry proper identification and maintain control of their luggage.




America West Joins Southwest, American, Alaska: No Flights Today

BURBANK, Calif., September 12, 2001, 11:40 a.m. — America West has published a statement on its website that it will offer no flights today.  The carrier had previously indicated it intended to resume service sometime today.

All other airlines at Burbank Airport except United have also said they would not offer flights today.  The latest statement on the United website is that it will not operate any scheduled flights "until at least 6 p.m. (CDT) today and will likely not operate more than a small percentage of its daily departures today."

At this time the Authority still has no affirmative word from the Federal Aviation Administration as to when the nation's airways will be reopened.  The Authority will continue to post updates at this website as information becomes available.




Flight Resumption Estimate Revised by Alaska Airlines for Burbank: No Flights Today

BURBANK, Calif. September 12, 2001, 10:10 a.m. — Alaska Airlines has informed Burbank Airport management that there will be no flights to or from Burbank by Alaska Airlines today.  There is no word about service tomorrow.

Earlier today, Alaska had tentatively planned to resume service this evening.




Limited Flights Possible By Late Afternoon; Southwest, American Remain Closed

BURBANK, Calif., September 12, 2001, 9:15 a.m.— Airlines serving Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport report this morning that they are in the process of implementing security procedures issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and that limited service could resume by 3 p.m. today at the earliest. Two of the airlines say they will offer no flights at all today.

Local station managers said Southwest and American Airlines will offer no flights.  America West may offer flights by 3 p.m., but that status could change.  United may offer flights by 4 p.m., and Alaska Airlines may offer service by 6 p.m.  All flight status is subject to further verification today.

Travelers are urged to monitor today’s developments and seek individual airline information from the airline’s phone reservation system or website.

Burbank Airport will also post updates at the airport website, www.burbankairport.com/

The Airport Authority is also moving to implement those FAA security measures within the airport’s purview.  The airport will be ready to accommodate the traveling public whenever flights do start again.




All Flights Grounded Nationwide

BURBANK, Calif., September 11, 2001, 8:25 a.m. - The FAA has grounded all flights nationwide following the terrorists’ attacks in New York and Washington.  The public is advised to stay away from the airport and follow today’s development for information on the resumption of air travel.

The Airport Authority will periodically update the status of Burbank Airport throughout the day on the Airport’s website, www.burbankairport.com.  Click on “Breaking News” on the home page.

 

BURBANK AIRPORT UPDATE 9:05 A.M.

Terminal A (Southwest, America West and American Airlines) and Terminal B (United and Alaska Airlines) have been closed to the public beyond the security checkpoints.  For the time being, the public areas of the main terminal remain accessible.

At this point, most patrons of the airport have left the facility and there is very little activity.

Persons with questions about airline flights are urged to contact the airline's toll free reservation number or check for information on the airline's website.

Airline reservation numbers:

Alaska     (800) 426-0333

America West  (800) 235-9292

American     (800) 433-7300

Southwest     (800) 435-9792

United     (800) 241-6522

The public is advised not to come to the airport since no travel  is possible.  However, those who need to come may park in Economy Lots A, B, and C and Airport Trams will continue to provide transportation to the main terminal building. Parking in the short term structure and the valet lots is discouraged.

Airport status messages are being broadcast on 1620 AM.

 

BURBANK AIRPORT UPDATE 10:45 A.M.

The status of the airport is essentially unchanged since the previous report.  Less than a dozen members of the public are still in the main terminal building, most of them sitting in the main restaurant watching television coverage of today's events.

All airline ticket counters in Terminal A are dark; United Airlines was still manning its ticket counter as of 15 minutes ago, although no customers were present, and there were two customers at the rental car reservation counters.

Uniformed law enforcement officers from the Airport Authority Police Department and Burbank Police Department are on-site.

The flight cancellation order from the FAA arrived early enough to prevent any of the scheduled airline departures from taking place.  One Southwest Airlines flight in transit from Oakland to San Diego was reported diverted to Burbank Airport.  Otherwise, no flights have arrived or departed.

 

BURBANK AIRPORT UPDATE 1:55 P.M.

There have been no changes in the status at Burbank Airport since the last entry at 10:45 a.m.  The airport continues to run trams to and from airport parking lots but they are seldom being used, and virtually no members of the public are at the facility. Airline ticket counters are closed.

Further details are now available on the only two commercial flights to arrive at Burbank Airport before the total stoppage was imposed by the FAA early this morning:  Southwest flight #1127 from Phoenix arrived shortly after 7 a.m., and Southwest flight #812, originally bound from Oakland to San Diego, was diverted to Burbank.

The Airport Authority continues to broadcast a brief message about the airport's status on 1700 AM.  Earlier today, the message was carried on 1620 AM.  Road signs on the major streets to and from the airport alert drivers to the radio information.

NOTE: The Airport Authority plans no further update on this website until further significant developments surface.  The status of the airport has not changed from earlier reports listed below.  We advise following developments tomorrow as they become available -- V. Gill 5:40 p.m., 9/11/01




Authority Awards Contract to Insulate 30 Homes

Chatsworth Firm, Wally Perfect Construction, Inc., Selected for $829,060 Project

BURBANK, Calif., July 19, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has awarded a contract for $829,060 to insulate 30 single family homes to the Chatsworth-based firm of Wally Perfect Construction, Inc.

Work on the homes will commence within two weeks and will be completed by next January.  Twenty-five of the homes are in Los Angeles, and five are located in Burbank.

There are now 349 homes near Burbank Airport that have received insulation treatment or are in construction under the airport’s Residential Acoustical Treatment Program (RATP), and 420 additional homes are under design.

The program is an outgrowth of two noise studies approved by the Federal Aviation Administration that have identified 3,100 homes as eligible for federal grants to pay for the design and installation of the insulation, at an approximate cost of $35,000 per house.

The work is done at no cost to the property owner.  The Authority will also pay up to $5,000 to correct code deficiencies to meet city building permit requirements.  The owner is required to convey an easement to the Authority agreeing not to sue the airport over aircraft noise in the future.

Each house receives custom-designed acoustical treatments including double-paned windows, solid core doors and weather stripping that render aircraft noise virtually inaudible inside the residence.  Where necessary, air conditioning may also be included.  It takes approximately 15 days for the contractor to complete work on an individual residence.

To date, the FAA has authorized $16.8 million for the program, enough to pay for treatment of 469 homes.  The Airport Authority has funded 20% of the total from its own operating revenues, and it received FAA approval to collect a $3 Passenger Facility Charge from each departing passenger over an 11-year period that will raise $66 million to help pay for insulation.  Total cost of the program for single family homes is estimated at $120 million.  The Authority’s goal is to reach all eligible homes by 2015.

The Authority will also include multifamily residences in the insulation program if they are inside the noise impact area and were constructed prior to 1974.  Multifamily dwellings built after 1974 are required by state law to meet insulation standards at the time of construction and are not eligible for federal funds.




Holden Elected President for Coming Year in Unanimous Vote

Lombardo Named Vice President, Povilaitis Assumes Secretary Post

BURBANK, Calif., July 2, 2001 — Following his nomination by newly appointed Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins, Pasadena Commissioner Chris Holden was elected president of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for the coming year at the Authority’s regular commission meeting today.  Holden succeeds Glendale Commissioner Carl Meseck, who served two terms as president.

The nine-member board voted 9-0 for Holden to lead the body and by the same vote elected Burbank Commissioner Charles Lombardo vice president and Glendale Commissioner Carl Povilaitis secretary.  The Authority elects officers once a year at its first meeting in July.

Holden praised Meseck’s leadership over the past two years and voiced optimism that elements of agreement that were achieved with the City of Burbank would lead to further progress.

“I am looking forward to working with all of you.  We have a lot of work to do, and I think that collectively we have a good combination of commissioners to accomplish our goals,” he said as he accepted the gavel.

Holden, a city councilman and former mayor of Pasadena, has been a commissioner since 1993 and has previously served as vice president and secretary.  Lombardo was first appointed to the Authority in 1998 and served as secretary for the past two years.  Povilaitis was appointed to the Authority in 1999.




Dan Feger Named Deputy Executive Director

Former Director of Engineering and Planning to Oversee Broader Staff Function

BURBANK, Calif., July 2, 2001 — Dan Feger, 48, director of planning and engineering at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport since 1988, has been promoted to deputy executive director, Executive Director Dios Marrero announced today.

In his new role, Feger will oversee and direct all aspects of managing Burbank Airport, including day-to-day maintenance and operations, community and governmental relations, facility development, public safety and regulatory agency compliance, Marrero said.

“Dan has a long record of taking on complex and challenging assignments at the airport.  His ability to provide superior leadership, staff development and strategic planning will prove invaluable in growing the overall capabilities of our organization,” Marrero said.

Feger holds a master’s degree in Engineering from UCLA and worked at C F Braun & Company prior to joining the airport staff 13 years ago.  He has supervised numerous capital projects and planning efforts over the years, and has played a key role in developing conceptual design options for various replacement terminal proposals.

Feger resides in Northridge and has lived in the San Fernando Valley since 1960.




Airport to Host Briefings for General Public on Part 161 Study Aviation Activity Forecast

Series of Four Meetings June 18-21 to Be Offered at Different Locations to Enhance Convenience; Comments Welcome

BURBANK, Calif., June 12, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has scheduled a series of four public information briefings on the draft forecast of aviation activity to be used in the Authority’s Part 161 Study now underway in pursuit of nighttime noise reduction measures.

The briefings will take place on four successive evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2001 — 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA  91505
(parking will be validated)

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2001 — 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn
4222 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(free parking)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2001 — 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Roscoe Elementary School
10765 Strathern Street
Sun Valley, CA  91352
(This meeting is neither sponsored by nor is it in any way connected with the Los Angeles Unified School District.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2001 — 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Hilton Glendale
100 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA  91202
(parking will be validated)

Consultants from Landrum and Brown and SH&E, in charge of conducting the technical analysis in the study, will present the forecast and seek comment on the assumptions and conclusions they reached.   Once the forecast is finalized, it will be used to generate acoustical and cost-benefit analysis of a proposed curfew under study guidelines administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Notice of the briefings has been mailed to nearly 500 persons who have asked to be notified of developments during the study.  The Authority is also running ads in five newspapers announcing the schedule.

Extensive information on all aspects of the Part 161 Study — including the entire text of the forecast — is available on the Internet at www.burbankpart161.org.  The draft forecast is also available at libraries in Burbank, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley, Van Nuys, and the central libraries in Glendale and Pasadena.




David C. Miller Named Director Of Administrative Services At Burbank Airport

Will Oversee Purchasing, Accounting and Budget Functions

BURBANK, Calif., June 5, 2001 — David C. Miller has been named Director of Administrative Services at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport effective June 11, Executive Director Dios Marrero announced today.  Miller will report to the executive director and oversee the business affairs of the airport, including purchasing, accounting and budgeting.

Miller, 55, brings an extensive aviation management background to the position and is currently the general manager of Mercury Air Center at Burbank Airport.  He has previously managed fixed-base operator facilities in Los Angeles and Houston and has directed regional aircraft sales programs.

“In his most recent position, David was instrumental in the successful completion of Mercury Air Center’s new corporate aviation facilities at Burbank.  He has extensive experience with aviation business affairs and brings solid management skills to our staff as well as a thorough understanding of the issues facing the airport,” Marrero said.

Miller carries a commercial pilot rating and has logged over 10,000 hours of flight time.  He has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the National Air Transport Association and currently represents Mercury Air Center on the aviation subcommittee of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from McMurry College in Houston, TX and attained the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Miller resides in Encino.




DC-3 with United Airlines Livery on Display June 2

Visit Marks 71st Year Since Opening of United Airport

BURBANK, Calif., May 29, 2001 —  A DC-3 sporting the livery of United Airlines will be on display at Burbank Airport Saturday, June 2, 2001 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gate 9 of Terminal A.    Parking is available in the airport’s Short Term parking structure immediately across from the main terminal entrance.

The DC-3, owned by Clay Lacy Aviation, is being flown in to mark the 71st anniversary of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, which opened on Memorial Day weekend 1930 as United Airport and was originally owned and operated by United Aircraft and Transport Company.

Lacy operates a world-renowned jet charter company based at Van Nuys Airport and was a United pilot for 40 years.




April 20, 2001 11:15 p.m. Update:

The security incident at Burbank Airport ended at 10:15 p.m. this evening when Concourse A was secured and members of the public were permitted to enter.

FBI agent Kevin Miles reported to the Airport Authority that thorough searches of the carry-on luggage that had yielded a positive detection of explosive material when the incident started determined that there was no explosive material or explosive device in the luggage.

Authorities still have not revealed the identify of the man who brought the items to the check point, and at last report, he was still being interviewed by the law enforcement agencies that responded to this incident.

Southwest Airlines reported that the flights delayed by the incident are continuing.  Another six arrivals are expected at Burbank by 11:30 p.m., and approximately 10 aircraft will make one more round trip from Burbank Airport before the schedule is complete.

It appears that many passengers waited out the entire incident, and the airline reports fairly full planes despite the delays.

---Victor Gill




April 20, 2001, 8:45 p.m. Update:

The evaluation of the laptop computer detected as a possible explosive device at Burbank Airport earlier this evening continues at this hour.  There has been no specific announcement by law enforcement authorities as to its status.

The resultant delays of flights scheduled out of Concourse A, gates 1-9 -- mostly those of Southwest Airlines -- have meant that several hundred passengers are still waiting in the main terminal building to see whether their flights will occur or not.

Flight activity has continued at a greatly reduced pace, with an unreported number of flights to Burbank held at their originating airports pending resolution of the security situation.

Southwest aircraft are using the three eastern most gates on the concourse to deplane passengers, who are then being conveyed in airport trams on the airfield to Terminal B and the United Airlines baggage claim.

Delays in scheduled flights will continue for the time being.




Suspicious Laptop Computer at Security Checkpoint Causes Delays for Departing Passengers

Passengers Forced to Wait in Main Terminal While Bomb Squad Is Summoned to Airport to Assess Status

BURBANK, Calif., April 20, 2001 — A laptop computer that aroused suspicion of possibly being an explosive device while it was undergoing examination at a security checkpoint caused delays for departing passengers using Terminal A at Burbank Airport this evening.

The device was detected shortly before 4:30 p.m. at the checkpoint leading to holdroom gates for Southwest and America West flights.  The owner of the laptop computer has been detained by Airport Authority police.

The checkpoint was closed immediately while bomb experts from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called.  A restaurant immediately beyond the checkpoint was evacuated, but passengers arriving on flights and persons already present in the concourse were able to exit the building in a normal fashion into the baggage claim area.

Terminal B, which is used by United and Alaska Airlines, was not affected, and flights continued on a normal basis there.

In addition to the closure of the checkpoint, a fire door separating the checkpoint from the main terminal building was lowered as a precaution to isolate the checkpoint site.

Evaluation of the situation by law enforcement continued into the six o’clock hour, and Southwest and America West began moving aircraft to United gates in Terminal B to continue their departing schedules.




Authority President Announces Additions to Airport Executive Staff

Authority Approves Deputy Executive Director Position; Airport’s Executive Director To Remain at the Helm

BURBANK, Calif., April 10, 2001 - Airport Authority President Carl Meseck announced today a reorganization of the Airport Senior Staff.  The most significant change is the creation of the position of Deputy Executive Director to assist in the management of the airport.  The reorganization will permit the Authority’s current Executive Director, Dios Marrero, to remain at the helm.

“The many issues facing the airport can best be addressed by keeping the experienced management in place and providing additional staff resources,” Meseck said.  “After a thorough review of the airport’s management structure by the Authority and Dios, it became clear that our most pressing need was to beef up our management capabilities, rather than making any changes in the current airport management.”  The search for the new Deputy Executive Director will begin immediately.

Marrero has advised the Authority of his willingness to remain in charge of the airport’s operation.

“Having another airport executive in the organization will be a tremendous help to me and to the Authority.  The issues currently facing the airport can best be addressed if there is continuity of the airport management and its commissioners,” he said.




FAA Approves $3 Charge on Passengers to Finance Home and School Insulation Program

$3 Per Departing Passenger Charge OK’d to Raise $73.7 Million for Insulation and Reimbursement of Past Airport Improvement Projects

BURBANK, Calif., April 5, 2001— The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application to continue collecting a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) of $3 per departing passenger over an 11-year period to fund a major portion of the airport’s home and school sound insulation program as well as reimburse the Authority for a number of improvements made to the airport in recent years.

The FAA Western-Pacific Region office issued the approval April 2 authorizing the airport to collect a total of $73.7 million, with more than $66 million dedicated to acoustical treatment.

“The importance of this passenger facility charge is that we now know the money will be there for Burbank Airport to greatly accelerate its noise insulation program from past levels.  We hope to reach 300 homes a year and spend $10 million a year until the task is complete,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

“It is also important to note that this money comes from the users of the airport, not from local taxes, and it represents a big step by the airlines and the traveling public to get directly involved in making the airport the best neighbor it can be,” Marrero added.

Of the $73.7 million total, $66.7 million is aimed at the acoustical treatment program, which contains over 3,100 homes and eight schools.  The Authority has set a policy goal of insulating all eligible homes and schools by 2015, at a total cost of approximately $130 million.  Additional discretionary grants from the federal government’s Aviation Trust Fund are expected to round out necessary funding.

To date, the Authority has secured approximately $25 million in federal funds and has provided over $5 million from its own funds for the effort that would complete insulation of four schools and 469 single-family homes.

Besides paying for insulation, the Authority intends to use the PFC funds to reimburse itself for a number of projects already completed, including roadway and airfield pavement repairs, aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and airfield signage and lighting.




Authority Votes to Begin E.I.R. on Alternative Terminal

Report Will Address Environmental Impacts of 14-Gate Terminal in Southwest Corner of Airport and Upgrades to Existing Facility

BURBANK, Calif., February 20, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has issued a work order to the San Francisco consulting firm of Environmental Science Associates to undertake an environmental impact report analyzing the impacts of a 250,000 square foot, 14-gate passenger terminal on 41 acres of airport-owned land in the southwest quadrant of the airport’s two intersecting runways.

The scope of work for the report also includes environmental analysis of potential infrastructure upgrades at the airport’s existing 70-year-old terminal, including additional floor space for concourse corridor, restrooms, concessions and baggage handling as well as underground parking.

“This environmental report is neither a commitment to nor an endorsement of actually building this project, but it will have the result in a year or so of putting another option for a terminal in front of the Authority for further consideration,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

“It is also a sign that the Authority recognizes it may be in the existing terminal for some time yet, and some improvements may be needed there no matter what choices are made for the long term,” he added.

The alternative terminal parameters are the same as had been proposed by the Authority to the City of Burbank for the former Lockheed B-6 property in the airport’s northeast quadrant.  The two agencies agreed on the size of the terminal but were unable to reach agreement on other terms and conditions, and the B-6 property was required by a legal agreement with Burbank to be listed for sale once a mutually imposed deadline passed last May.

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) will be paid $841,278 for producing the report, which will include all analysis required by the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as appropriate community outreach.

In a separate vote, the Authority also engaged ESA in a $35,080 seven week work order to undertake an initial study of the Authority’s recent proposal to relocate two parking lots to a small portion of the B-6 property in order to improve runway safety at the airport.  The initial study will determine whether subsequent environmental reports are required for the project by the California Environmental Quality Act.




Insulation Contracts Awarded for 50 Homes

$1.2 Million Award Brings Total of Houses in Construction or Design to 469

BURBANK, Calif., February 15, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has awarded $1.2 million in contracts to insulate 28 single family homes in Burbank and 22 in Los Angeles to the contracting firm F.H. Paschen of Des Plains, IL.

Located south of the airport’s primary departure runway, the homes will each receive custom-designed acoustical treatments including double-paned windows, central air conditioning, solid core doors and weather stripping that will render aircraft noise virtually inaudible inside the residence.

With the award of these contracts, there are now 259 homes near the airport that have either already received insulation or are under construction.  Design specifications are also being developed for an additional 210 homes, bringing the total number of homes in the program to 469.

Approximately 3,100 single family homes have been declared eligible for the program following two federal studies documenting the extent of the airport’s noise impact area, and the Airport Authority is expecting to treat some 300 homes annually for the foreseeable future at a total estimated cost of $120 million.  The Authority’s goal is to reach all eligible homes by 2015.

The program is paid for by Federal Aviation Administration grants and Burbank Airport operating revenues, at no cost to the property owner.  The owner is required to pay for repair of any code deficiencies beyond a $5,000 allowance from the airport in order to allow local building permits, and the owner is required to convey an easement to the Authority agreeing  not to sue the airport over aircraft noise in the future.

In a related action, the Authority has adopted a policy of including multifamily residences in the insulation program if they are inside the noise impact area and were constructed prior to 1974.  Multifamily dwellings built after 1974 are required by state law to meet insulation standards at the time of construction and are not eligible for federal funds.




Authority Triples Nighttime Fines, Supports Adoption of Tight Stage 4 Noise Standards for New Aircraft

$1,000 Penalty for Stage 2 Jet Flights at Night Increased to $3,000; Authority Calls for 14 Decibel Reduction for Aircraft to Gain Stage 4 Rating

BURBANK, Calif., February 14, 2001— The nine-member Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today voted unanimously to amend its noise rules, passed originally in 1981, to triple the amount of fines levied on operators of Stage 2 turbojets flying to or from Burbank Airport between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

As of March 1, the Authority’s Noise Rule 9 will impose a fine of $3,000 for each violation of the nighttime ban on Stage 2 jets, up from the $1,000 amount set when the rule was adopted in 1981.

“Over the years, inflation has softened the impact of this restriction, but tripling the amount will definitely send a message that we are serious about enforcing this key rule,” said Authority President Carl Meseck.

The Authority also amended Rule 8, which predominantly prohibits nighttime general aviation training operations, engine run-ups and takeoffs from midpoints of the runway instead of the takeoff end of the runway.  The amended rule fines violators $1,000 for the first offense and $1,500 for subsequent offenses.  The previous penalties were $500 and $1,000 respectively.

The rule changes also put in place a formal enforcement process that provides any alleged violator with an avenue of appeal if he wishes to contest the fine. There have been 36 nighttime violations at the airport in the past two years.

The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that noise rule financial penalties in place prior to the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 may be updated to reflect the impact of inflation, at the discretion of the airport proprietor.

In a separate noise-related action, the Authority unanimously passed a resolution adding its support for the establishment of a new Stage 4 aircraft noise certification standard by the FAA.  The FAA is currently participating in discussions with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) leading to the adoption of the new standard in June.

Currently, an ICAO working committee is recommending that the new standard require a 10 decibel improvement over Stage 3 requirements, but the Authority’s recommendation is for a greater reduction in noise, 14 decibels, as the threshold to qualify for a Stage 4 rating.

“Some Stage 3 planes are already 10 decibels quieter than the minimum requirement, and technology will continue to improve. It will take 20 years or more to shift to a newer generation of aircraft, and we feel the new standards should reach as high as possible,” said Meseck.




Executive Director Dios Marrero to Step Down; Will Remain Until Replacement is Found

Will Resume Previous Duties as Director of Finance and Administration

BURBANK, Calif., February 5, 2001 —  The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority announced today that Executive Director Dios Marrero has given notice he will step down from his post and resume his previous duties as director of Finance and Administration as soon as a replacement can be found.

Both parties said that there is no urgency to the move, and Marrero will remain at the helm of the airport staff for as long as it takes the Authority to locate a suitable candidate.

“We’re very happy with the job Dios has done since taking over a year and a half ago.  He came at a crucial time and has provided a steady hand in a very uncertain environment.  While the Authority regrets his decision, we understand it, and we are very pleased he will stay on to ensure a smooth transition and remain available to support his replacement. He will always have a place here to continue the excellent financial track record he’s established,” said Authority President Carl Meseck.

Marrero attributed his decision to a desire to return to the financial work he likes best and to other personal reasons.

Meseck said the Authority would begin recruiting immediately.

“Burbank is one of the most well-known airports in the industry.  Everyone knows there are considerable challenges here, but there are also considerable opportunities to determine how this facility can best serve the interests of air transportation in Southern California as well as those of the neighbors who live next door,” Meseck said.  “I am confident we will attract very high caliber candidates,” he added.