On July 6, Burbank Bob Hope Airport broke ground to formally launch the two-year construction of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). The ceremony was hosted by Jack O’Neill of the Bob Hope Family Estate and featured speakers such as Rep. Brad Sherman of the 27th Congressional District and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. They were joined by Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, Glendale Mayor and Airport Commissioner Frank Quintero, Pasadena Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin, California Transportation Commission Member Dario Frommer and Federal Transit Administration Los Angeles Team Leader Ray Tellis.
The guest speakers agreed unanimously on the need for transit connections in Los Angeles County.
“One of our goals is to develop regional connections to all of our airports. Today’s dedication is only the beginning,” Antonovich said.
“For the Airport Authority, this project represents our ongoing commitment to improving convenience for our passengers, convenience for Southern California, while at the same time improving quality of life for our neighbors,” Authority President Chris Holden told the gathering.
Members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission joined the speakers and other community leaders to turn over the ceremonial dirt using green shovels, symbolizing the sustainability features of the project. Some of the dirt had been flown in from the Airport’s 11 nonstop destinations, and soil from the North Hollywood Red Line Station, Union Station, the Del Mar Gold Line Station, and the Chatsworth Transportation Center was also added to underscore the local and national connections the RITC will enhance.
“The day of thinking of an airport as a simple place to get on and off airplanes is over,” said Airport Executive Director Dan Feger. “To that end, this project begins a new era of cooperation among aviation, highways, and public transportation systems. This is a groundbreaking not only of a construction project, but also of a new way of thinking.”
On July 2, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Burbank Bob Hope Airport, elected new officers to head the Authority Commission for a one-year term from July 2012 through June 2013. The Commission elects officers each July.
Officers chosen to head the Authority Commission for a one-year term beginning July 2012 were: Pasadena Commissioner Chris Holden, President; Commissioner Rafi Manoukian of Glendale, Vice President; and Commissioner Susan Georgino of Burbank, Secretary.
Holden has been an Authority commissioner since 1993 and served as Vice President in 2011-2012, Secretary in 2010-2011, and has twice served as President. Manoukian has served on the Authority since 2006 and served as Secretary and Treasurer in 2011-2012. He was also Secretary in 2008-2009. Georgino has served on the Authority since October 2011.
Burbank Bob Hope Airport is currently partnering with Southwest Airlines to host a “Fly Back to School” social media contest. The contest began on July 11 and will run through Aug. 6, 2012. One winner will receive a round-trip ticket, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to fly back to his or her college or university in the fall. To be eligible to win, contestants must be at least 18 years of age, currently enrolled in a college or university, and list the Bob Hope Airport as either their origin or destination airport. Only one entry per contestant is permitted. The winner will be publicly announced on Aug. 14, 2012.
Those wishing to enter the contest must submit a photo of themselves wearing a sweatshirt or T-shirt from their school to the “Fly Back to School” contest app on Bob Hope Airport’s official Facebook page. Entrants must also write a caption describing their favorite thing about their college or university.
On June 18, Burbank Bob Hope Airport hosted five puppies from the Puppies with a Vision club of Ventura County. The puppies, ranging in age from six to 13 months, accompanied their trainers as part of their preparation for guiding a handler through an airport.
The dogs and their trainers were led through the Airport’s baggage claim areas, the ticketing area, the security line, and one of the Airport’s restaurants. Land Side Operations Manager Tom Janowitz and Public Relations Manager Lucy Burghdorf ensured that the puppies-in-training experienced true-to-life airport situations, such as an active baggage carousel loaded with items.
Cheapflight.com’s 2012 Airport Affordability Index ranked Burbank Bob Hope Airport first in affordable average airfare among the nation’s 101 most popular airports. The 2012 index is the third edition of an annual survey that measures the actual airfares that users found when searching for domestic and international flights. According to the index, the Airport’s current average airfare is $221.
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will host a blood drive in Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s Terminal A Skyroom on Wednesday, July 25, to benefit patients at Providence hospitals. The blood drive is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.