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Hollywood Burbank Airport Named Best Airport in the United States

One of the most respected resources in the travel industry has named Hollywood Burbank Airport the “Best U.S. Airport” in the first ever Fodor’s Travel Awards.

“All of us at Hollywood Burbank Airport are honored to have received such recognition on a national level,” says Frank Miller, Executive Director. “We strive to maintain what our travelers value most about their airport, and will continue to pursue what will only enhance their travel experience.”

Fodor’s editors find that guests enjoy a “straightforward, shenanigan-free experience” at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

“Hollywood Burbank is an airport free of most of the hassles that take the fun out of travel plans,” says Fodor’s managing editor Rachael Levitt. “It’s an agreeable airport in a perfect location, which is why it’s at the top of our list of airports to love.”

The company’s travel experts highlight the airport’s affordable parking, quick shuttle access and easy-to-navigate terminals. Positive notes also include the airport’s convenient access to a Metrolink Station, its dining options and its prime location.

“If you’re visiting the L.A. region [via BUR], you’re probably in closer proximity to the stuff you actually want to see,” Fodor’s tells travelers. “Downtown L.A., Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, and more of the city’s best attractions are all easier to reach from Burbank than its neighbor LAX.”

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) is owned and operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, a joint powers agency created in 1977 between the Cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. The airport serves over 5.2 million passengers annually and reaches 17 nonstop destinations in the United States.

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Hollywood Burbank Airport Announces Details for Third Charrette Workshop For Replacement Passenger Terminal

Hollywood Burbank Airport invites the community to once again participate in an interactive and iterative dialogue, known as a charrette process, with representatives from the Airport. This workshop is the third of six public charrette workshops that the Airport is holding in Burbank.

It will take place at the McCambridge Recreation Center on Saturday, June 15 from 9 am until 12 noon

Nearly 300 community members have participated in-person and several more have shared their feedback through our online charrette workshop. Their continued feedback is extremely important to the Airport.

The third charrette workshop will focus on the design of public spaces including lighting, landscaping and signage. The workshop will begin with a presentation followed by a series of interactive workshops to collect community ideas for the design of the replacement passenger terminal.

Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the charrette workshop. Attendees can RSVP at charrettesworkshops@gmail.com. While all members of thecommunity are encouraged to participate in each charrette workshop, we have created an online version of the design charrette workshop so community members can participate should they not be able to attend in person.

American Sign Language interpretation and translation services for Spanish and Armenian speakers will be available at each charrette.

Inbound Southwest 737 Jet Unable to Stop at Hollywood Burbank Airport

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

During the height of the rain pounding the Burbank area Thursday morning, December 6, a Southwest plane suffered a runway excursion when it skidded past the end of the runway at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Southwest Flight 278, a Boeing 737-700 which departed Oakland, was landing on Runway 8 where it quickly ran out of room. Burbank fire was dispatched at 9:04 am along with Airport Authority Crash Units to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters quickly established with the Captain of the Southwest flight that there were no injuries on board to the 112 passengers and five crew members on the flight.  There was also no issue of a fuel leak.

Burbank Fire responded along with Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Fire Department Crash Units (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

At first the plan was to offload the passengers with passenger ramp stairs from the rear but because of where the plane was located, they were not able to locate the stairs. After considering having the passengers exit by the plane’s slide, firefighters were able to get a ladder in place and deplane the passengers from the front door of the plane.  The passengers were taken to the A8 and A9 gates to be checked out while the two pilots remained with the plane until their supervisors arrived. There was one reported minor injury that was treated by paramedics and the person was not transported to the hospital.

The front landing gear remained intact after being stopped by the engineered materials arrestor system (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The 737 was stopped by an engineered materials arrestor system (EMAS) that was put in place after a Southwest plane failed to stop on the same runway on March 5, 2000. At that time the 737 crashed through a sound barrier and wound up on Hollywood Way.

EMAS is described as a “high energy absorbing materials of selected strength, which will reliably and predictably crush under the weight of an aircraft”. As of May 2017, over 100 EMAS have been installed at over 60 US airports.

A large lighted ‘X’ was placed on the runway to mark its closure (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

According to their Twitter account, the airport remained open although the runway 8/26 was closed. “Hollywood Burbank Airport remains open. All Terminal B gates remain open and Terminal A Gates A1-A5 remain open. Runway 8/26 has been closed due to the incident. Runway 15/33 remains operational. Please check your flight status with your airline.”

According to the airport, all airlines resumed operations as of 4 pm with some delays and cancellations.


Hollywood Burbank Airport Adds Two Non-Stop Locations

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) announced Southwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop service to Nashville International Airport (BNA), beginning June 9, 2019 and Delta Air Lines announced this morning that it will begin twice-daily nonstop service on a Boeing 737-700 between Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on July 8, 2019.

“Service between Nashville, the melting pot of different genres of music, and Burbank, the media and entertainment capital of the world, and gateway to the L.A. basin, is a perfect match for the music and entertainment industry,” says Hollywood Burbank Airport Executive Director, Frank Miller.

“Passengers from around the world and country can now travel through Atlanta, nonstop to Burbank, the media and entertainment capital of the world, and gateway to the Los Angeles basin.” said Miller. “Likewise, passengers can depart from Hollywood Burbank Airport and travel just about anywhere in the world through Atlanta. Traveling overseas just got easier and more convenient.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a global gateway and the busiest airport in the world, serves more than 100 million passengers a year, and offers more than 150 domestic and 70 international destinations.

American Airlines Announces Nonstop Service from Hollywood Burbank to Dallas Fort Worth International

Press Release from Hollywood Burbank Airport:

American Airlines has announced that it will begin twice-daily nonstop service on a Boeing 737 between Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on April 2, 2019, restarting a route it had previously served until February 2012. Tickets for the service will be available for purchase beginning on Monday, October 8, at www.aa.com.

The morning flight from BUR to DFW will depart at 8 a.m. PDT and arrive at DFW at 1:17 p.m. CDT, and the afternoon flight from BUR to DFW will depart at 12:20 p.m. PDT and arrive at DFW at 5:39 p.m. CDT. The morning flight from DFW to BUR will depart at 10:25 a.m. CDT and arrive at 11:25 a.m. PDT, and the afternoon flight from DFW to BUR will depart at 7:15 p.m. CDT and arrive at 8:16 p.m. PDT.

American’s renewed BUR-DFW service increases convenience for passengers traveling to the Dallas area, particularly business travelers who lamented the loss of American’s previous flights along that route. The new service continues the airlines’ investment in Hollywood Burbank Airport as a convenient option for passengers traveling to and from the greater Los Angeles area.

City of Burbank Releases Draft Environmental Impact Report for Airport’s 60 Acres

Press Release:

The Avion Burbank project has achieved a major milestone with the City of Burbank’s release of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) on the mixed-use campus proposed by Overton Moore Properties for 60 acres of vacant land adjacent to Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The DEIR release marks the start of the public review and comment period on the document that will be followed by public hearings before the Burbank Planning Board and City Council. Those hearings are expected to begin this fall.

The document, which is available on the city’s website at http://www.burbankca.gov/home/showdocument?id=46052, will be the subject of a comment hearing conducted by the Burbank Planning Board on Monday, Sept. 10. That hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave.

Avion Burbank proposes to transform the Golden State Project Area. A unique mixed-use project with creative office and creative industrial retail space, along with a hotel, the project promises to change the landscape of the area and, in the process, bring additional jobs and revenue to the City.

Specifically, Avion Burbank consists of:

  • Six, two-story buildings for industrial/warehouse uses totaling 1,014,887 square feet;
  • Nine, two-story buildings for creative office uses totaling 142,250 square feet;
  • Two, one-story buildings for retail/restaurant uses totaling approximately 15,154 square feet;
  • One hotel with 166 rooms;
  • Complete site improvements related to the project including utilities, drainage, paving, landscaping, lighting, etc.
  • Extend, improve, and dedicate Tulare Avenue west of Hollywood Way;
  • Extend, improve, and dedicate Kenwood Street south to the future Tulare Avenue.

The mixed-use campus will provide users with a unique opportunity to occupy state-of-the-art creative industrial buildings, which are geared towards the entertainment, media, technology, aerospace and new economy tenants. Demand for this new product type is strongest in urban, mature infill locations such as this site that have close proximity to housing, transportation and amenities.

The philosophy behind Avion Burbank is to create an ecosystem where companies can collaborate and foster innovation while recruiting and retaining the ever-evolving workforce in our new age economy. Creative industrial combines the best characteristics of creative office and industrial space to deliver a better user experience. It’s a hybrid of industrial, manufacturing and office space in one building, boasting. indoor/outdoor patios, extensive glass for natural lighting, high ceilings, dramatic entries and amenities such as indoor-outdoor gathering areas, multi-use trails, restaurants and services within easy walking or biking distance.

Those elements are combined with the state-of-the-art industrial features including higher clear heights, dock high loading, adequate truck courts for maneuvering, ESFR sprinkler systems, vision/clear story glass and skylights, and additional electrical capacity.

The creative office component will be unique to the Southern California marketplace and provide office condominium units that will be available for sale or lease. Surrounded by an amenity-rich environment, the creative office space will provide users the opportunity to design their own spaces and take full advantage of their preferential real estate needs. The design is inspired by the storied aviation history of the site with an architecturally distinctive look that is clean and modern. Building amenities include: two-story atrium lobbies, open truss ceilings, extensive natural light, open and efficient floor plans, clear story glass on the second floor, concrete floors, roll-up doors to exterior meeting areas, and operable windows.

Avion is conveniently adjacent to the site of the future Hollywood-Burbank Airport Terminal and is a short walk to the new Burbank Airport – North Metrolink Station on North San Fernando Boulevard. The project will construct, maintain and donate 60 parking spaces for Metrolink station users on the Avion Burbank site, and the campus parking will include 60 EV chargers. The project has also integrated internal mobility bike share facilities throughout the campus. Street improvements along N. Hollywood Way will include wide sidewalks, protected bike lanes, new signals, and additional left and right turn lanes.

Within the 640-acre Golden State District today, there are 160 companies occupying 3.5 million square feet of space in industrial/warehouse buildings. The majority of these older building are occupied by aerospace, entertainment, technology/electronics, construction/design and clothing/textile companies. Avion Burbank will provide the opportunity for these companies to expand organically and stay in the area by relocating to state-of-the-art, more efficient facilities. The movement of these companies will allow owners to transform their properties into higher and better uses and make over the area in a way that best meets the City’s goals for the Golden State Project Area.

For more information on the project and to sign up for future updates, please visit www.avionburbank.com.

JetBlue Announces New Non Stop Service From Burbank To Boston

Airport Commissioners join JetBlue President Robin Hayes in making the announcement of the new nonstop service from Burbank to Boston. ( Photo By Ross A Benson)

During a press conference held this past week at Hollywood Burbank Airport, JetBlue Airways announced that it will launch new nonstop service between Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), beginning September 5, 2018.

JetBlue will also add a second daily nonstop flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City, with a scheduled daytime departure. Tickets for the new service became available for purchase on Wednesday morning on www.jetblue.com.

( Photo By Ross A Benson)

The daily flight to Boston will depart BUR at 8:08 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and
arrive at BOS at 4:40 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) the following day.

The return flight will depart BOS at 3:28 p.m. and arrive at BUR at 6:48 p.m.

The daytime flight to New York City will depart BUR at 11:51 a.m. PDT and arrive at JFK at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

The return flight will depart JFK at 7:43 a.m. EDT and arrive at BUR at 10:51 a.m. PDT.

JetBlue launched service at Hollywood Burbank Airport in 2005 and is currently the only airline to offer cross-country service from Burbank, with one daily nighttime departure to New York City.

Burbank High Student to Have Artwork Displayed at Airport

The high school student winners of the Hollywood Burbank Airport 2018 Tower Banner Student Art Contest from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at today’s Airport Authority meeting. The winners were chosen from 235 entries across all three districts. Joining them were there art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

First place banner designed by Ernest Avedian and will be displayed starting January, 2019

Burbank High senior Ernest Avedian was the first place winner from the Burbank Unified School District. His Instructor at Burbank High is James Bentley.  Two Juniors at Burbank High also took home second and third place honors. Abrielle Marsden was the second place winner and Narek Tashchyan placed third. Both of their instructors are Jonelle Pickett.

This is the eleventh year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has sponsored the contest for students of the respective Unified School Districts in Grades 9-12. Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme was “Takeoff to a New Beginning.” In 2017, the theme was “Aviation Goes to Hollywood” and in 2016, the theme was “History of Aviation.”

Each school district determines which submissions are its top three entries. The arts and culture commissions from each city then consider the three entries and make the final award of the first place winners from their school districts, based on the judging criteria set forth in the Airport Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is enlarged to a size of 16 feet by 26 feet for an approximately three-month display on the Hollywood Burbank Airport terminal tower, where it is seen by nearly a million travelers and Airport visitors as they arrive and depart.

Since the contest’s inception in 2007, $28,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will receive another $3,000, bringing the total to $31,500 for each school district.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

Abrielle Marsden (L) was the second place winner and Narek Tashchyan placed third

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B beginning in June 2018. The display will feature background information about the contest. The second and third place winners’ artwork can currently be seen on the Airport’s website.

The contest is scheduled to begin again in September 2018. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank, Glendale or Pasadena Unified School Districts. Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Runs Successful Emergency Exercise

Wednesday, March 14, was a busy day at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Not only was the airport the location where three Osprey Aircraft and two Marine Helicopters were based for President Trump’s recent Los Angeles visit, but The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, along with numerous local agencies, participated in an Airport Emergency Plan Full-Scale Exercise designed to test the airport’s readiness in case of a real incident.

Minutes after the aircraft used for the President landed around 9:30 a.m., pyrotechnics were set off in a field east of Runway 15/33, the Airport’s north-south runway where a fuselage and engine were placed simulating a crash landing. The explosion and fire, which were located at the engine, started the events of the day.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Crash Units from the airport were first on the scene (2:41 seconds from dispatch to arrival) and while one unit extinguished the fire, the others set up to rescue the passengers who were placed in the fuselage. EMT students from College of the Canyons and Glendale Community College volunteered as the victims needing medical attention at the scene. Volunteers reported to the site at 6 a.m. and were given a safety briefing and moulage makeup to simulate a variety of injuries.

Along with the Crash Units from the airport, there was a full call out of first responders from surrounding agencies. Emergency units from the Burbank Fire Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Glendale Fire Department and the Pasadena Fire Department all were standing by in the area and responding to the scene as their anticipated emergency drive time from their stations warranted.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

One of the primary goals of having all units respond on scene is for emergency responders to learn the rules of the airport when it comes to driving. When on the road, once a fire engine turns on its red lights and sirens, it controls the road.  In an airport, all emergency vehicle are under the direction of the airport’s tower and must receive permission before traveling across runways and taxiways.

“The exercise evaluated our operational capabilities and emergency management in a real-time, unrehearsed simulation, and it tested the functions of our Airport Emergency Plan in an incident where multiple local agencies are responding to the scene,” said Executive Director Frank R. Miller.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Those functions included on-site incident command; victim rescue, triage, and treatment; management of friends and family; and communications and media relations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the Airport Authority to conduct such an exercise once every three years. Between the actual drill years, a ’roundtable’ is held each year to discuss emergency contingencies with all agencies. All agencies working together in a Mutual Aid agreement must be able to communicate and be on the same page in case of an emergency.

The Airport continued with normal operations throughout the exercise, which lasted approximately two hours.


Hollywood Burbank Airport Unveils New Name and Logo on Airport Terminal Tower

In an official brand launch ceremony this morning, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Vice President and Glendale City Councilmember Zareh Sinanyan and Airport Executive Director Frank Miller unveiled the new Hollywood Burbank Airport name and logo on the façade of the Airport’s terminal tower. The brand launch event was followed by the official introduction of Traveler’s Tails, the Airport’s new pet therapy program.

“An important part of creating this new identity was to give the terminal tower—the face of the Airport—signage that instantly lets people know they’ve arrived in the Media Capital of the World,” said Mr. Miller.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport identity was selected in order to give passengers, especially those originating from east of the Rockies, a stronger sense of where the Airport is geographically located. Anyone Collective, the Airport’s branding consultant, interviewed Airport passengers, frequent fliers from all over the country, Airport staff, and members of the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena communities, before recommending the Hollywood Burbank Airport identity to the Airport Authority. The Airport was previously named Hollywood-Burbank Airport from 1967 to 1978.

“By telling passengers where we are, we’re telling them all the great things our Airport and our community have to offer,” said Vice President Sinanyan. Hollywood Burbank Airport is the closest airport in the greater Los Angeles region to many of the area’s most popular attractions, including Warner Bros. Studios, the Americana at Brand, Rose Bowl Stadium, Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign and Universal Studios Hollywood. Passengers can also connect to public transportation at the Airport’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center and at the Airport Train Station on Empire Avenue, with train service to destinations such as Disneyland, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.

“For passengers unfamiliar with our Airport, the word ‘Hollywood’ has international recognition,” said Mr. Miller. “But although we have a new name, we’re still the convenient Airport our passengers know and love.”

The Airport’s latest passenger amenity is its new therapy dog program, Traveler’s Tails, which also officially launched this morning in the Terminal A ticket counter area. The Airport Authority has partnered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) to provide Airport passengers with stress relief and comfort through interaction with certified therapy dogs in Terminals A and B. ATD provides registration, support and insurance for members; lists of certified local volunteers; and visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, nursing homes, and airports.

The Traveler’s Tails name and logo were created by graphic design student Samm DeBoda, a junior at Woodbury University in Burbank. Airport staff selected DeBoda’s design from four separate student proposals.

With the launch of Traveler’s Tails, Hollywood Burbank Airport becomes one of over 50 airports in the country with pet therapy programs.