Burbank Bob Hope Airport Continues Community Outreach Activities
The Airport hosted two luncheons this month with the aim of increasing awareness of the Airport and forging business partnerships within the greater Los Angeles region. On March 6, the Airport hosted the Travel and Tourism Marketing Association (TTMA), an organization that included representatives from regional hotels, theme parks, museums, and other recreational facilities. "I was particularly impressed with the many public transportation options available. This, together with the completion of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, will surely bring an increase in popularity and use for the airport," said TTMA President David Singleman.
On March 13, Santa Clarita business owners, city department heads, and media representatives were invited to the Airport’s first Santa Clarita Day. Both luncheons included a presentation on the Airport and an airfield tour.
The outreach includes daily Airport visitors, too, who now see a series of new pole banners along the entrance roadway leading up to the terminal, each highlighting one of Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s 11 nonstop destinations: Denver, Las Vegas, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
On March 4, the high school student winners and finalists of the Burbank Bob Hope Airport 2013 Tower Banner Student Art Contest presented their artwork at the Airport Authority meeting. The winners were chosen from 186 entries across the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena Unified School Districts. The students were joined by their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.
The winning artwork from each school district is displayed on the façade of the Airport terminal for a period of approximately three months. The winning entries are rotated among Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. This year, Pasadena Unified School District’s winning banner, created by Sadie Goff from Pasadena High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower, beginning September 2013. Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by Jordan Lopez, Melissa Alfaro, Shushanik Hovakimyan, Rachel Verharts, Daniel Kerkotchian, and Breanna French of John Burroughs High School, will be displayed beginning December 2013. Glendale Unified School District’s winning banner, created by Nam Woo Kil of Crescenta Valley High School, will be displayed starting March 2014.
Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning September 2013. Each school district will also receive $3,000 to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts.
This is the sixth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students to enter the Tower Banner Student Art Contest. This year’s aviation theme was “The Sky’s the Limit.” To view all the winning artwork, visit the Airport’s website.
Wings for Autism to Take Flight at Airport
On May 4, a Wings for Autism event will take place at Burbank Bob Hope Airport, specifically designed for families with children with autism to help ease the stress of flying. JetBlue Airways will sponsor the event with the support and partnership of the Airport, Pacific Child and Family Associates of Glendale, and Autistic Love Society.
The Wings for Autism event will provide a unique opportunity for the families and children impacted by autism to do a full scale dress rehearsal before an actual trip. Families will be able to familiarize themselves with airport, travel, and security procedures as children practice entering the Airport, checking in at the ticket counter, checking bags, going through TSA screening at security checkpoints, and boarding a JetBlue aircraft. The overall goal is to provide a positive travel experience for families traveling with children with autism.
Applications will be accepted through Pacific Child and Family Associates.
Beginning April 14, Southwest will offer direct (one stop, no plane change) flights from Burbank Bob Hope Airport to Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Chicago Midway, Houston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Austin, and Boise. To check flight times and availability, visit www.southwest.com.
The Commemorative Air Force Airpower History Tour stopped at Atlantic Aviation from March 21 through 24. Planes on display included the B-29 and other World War II-era airplanes. For an additional fee, tour visitors could take brief rides on several of the historic planes. To see photos of the event, visit the Airport’s official Facebook page.
Congratulations to Officer Jolene Dolan, who was named the 2012 Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Police Officer of the Year. The Officer of the Year Award is given annually to the officer who embodies a high moral character, demonstrates exemplary performance in all areas of police work, and strives to help the Airport community.