FAQ

Below is a list of FAQ’s for the Hollywood Burbank Airport Replacement Terminal. Please click a question below for more information.

Why does the Airport Authority need to replace the current terminal?

The central portion of the current terminal was built in 1930. Portions of the structure do not meet current earthquake design standards and, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety guidelines, the terminal is too close to the runways and taxiways. Renovating the building will not solve the problem of its location. Additionally, a 2012 survey found that local residents want a new terminal that provides more amenities, such as restaurant choices and shops, while preserving the conveniences of the current terminal.

What was Measure B?

On November 8, 2016, a City of Burbank ballot asked voters to approve an agreement between the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. It gives the Airport Authority the right to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement terminal. In exchange, Burbank receives control over critical decisions about the Airport’s future.

What are the protections for Burbank’s future?

At present, the Airport Authority Commission only requires five votes from any of the nine Commissioners to take most actions. If Measure B is approved, the Joint Powers Agreement that governs how the Airport Authority Commission operates would be changed. This change would require that for certain actions a “supermajority” vote of the Airport Authority Commission (at least two Commissioners from each city) would be necessary for approval. In other words, two of three Burbank Commissioners would be able to block Airport expansion and more, even if outnumbered by the Glendale and Pasadena Commissioners. Approval of Measure B will give Burbank the ability to stop attempts to increase the number of terminal gates, change the voluntary nighttime curfew or other noise rules, change support for federal authorization to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew, allow parking of passenger aircraft other than at the gates, or expand the current terminal or any new terminal.

Are Commissioners elected or appointed to the Airport Authority Commission?

Commissioners are appointed to the Airport Authority Commission by their respective City Councils. Currently, the Airport Authority Commission is composed of both City Council member and citizen appointees.

What are the potential sites for a replacement terminal?

If approved by the voters, Measure B would allow the construction of one 14-gate replacement terminal at either the 49-acre B-6 Adjacent Parcel on the northeast side of the Airport or in the southwest quadrant of the Airport. The preferred site is the Adjacent Parcel. If built at that location, the main entrance to the new terminal would move from Thornton at Hollywood Way to Winona at Hollywood Way. The Airport’s preferred terminal will be more convenient to use compared to the current terminal, but at a safer distance from the runways and with more passenger amenities, less crowding, and more places to eat, shop, and wait in comfort. If built on the southwest quadrant of the Airport, general aviation facilities in that area would have to be relocated or demolished.

Will the replacement terminal be easy to use?

The 2012 public opinion survey showed that among the Airport’s most popular attributes are convenience and ease of use. Close-in valet and self-parking, loading of aircraft from the back and front, and convenient access to ground transit, including rail, are just some of the features that would be reproduced in the replacement terminal building. A relocated terminal will provide an even higher level of safety and security; retain the friendly, accessible and easy-to-use attributes of the current terminal; have no more than the current 14 passenger gates; be built without use of local tax dollars; meet current FAA safety standards for distance from the runway; meet today’s earthquake design standards; and provide greater user amenities.

What about handicapped access and accessibility?

Any new terminal will comply with the most current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and provide the maximum amount of accessibility, including access up to the door of the aircraft.

If voters approve a replacement terminal and protections for Burbank, how large will any replacement terminal be compared to the current one?

The existing terminal has two levels (including a basement for non-public baggage functions) and a total of 232,000 square feet. The replacement terminal would also have two levels (plus a basement for non-public baggage functions), and would not exceed 355,000 square feet. The replacement terminal would be larger than the current terminal so that the Airport Authority can provide a safer, airport terminal with added amenities that are typically found in modern airports:

  • A variety of restaurants and concessions
  • Better restrooms
  • Wider corridors and more spacious waiting areas
  • Larger spaces for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger and baggage security screenings
  • A larger ticket lobby and airline ticket counters
  • Adequate space for airline administrative, bag service, and ticket offices
  • More room for airline baggage processing and roomier baggage claim areas
  • Fully integrated designs for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility

Who will pay for a replacement terminal and how much will it cost?

Airports are funded by the passengers, airlines, and tenants who use the facility. Airport funding sources include FAA grants, parking fees, landing fees, rents from concessionaires and other tenants, passenger facility charges, and federal taxes on every airline ticket sold. State and local taxes are not used. No local City of Burbank funds would be used to pay for the replacement terminal. Depending on final design, architectural elements, and amenities selected, the construction cost for the replacement terminal is projected to cost approximately $400 million. It is anticipated that the FAA would provide a substantial portion of this cost.

If a replacement terminal is constructed and the existing terminal is demolished, will that trigger large jet airline departures to the east over downtown Burbank and Glendale?

No. In 1986, the FAA banned easterly take-offs of all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds due to a number of safety concerns. These concerns included the proximity of aircraft parking and loading within 50 feet of the edge of the runway, as well as the absence of a parallel taxiway on Runway 8-26 (east to west runway). In 2006, the Airport Authority constructed the extension of Taxiway D, which addressed the immediate concerns of the FAA. However, the FAA continues to ban easterly departures on Runway 8-26.

The primary reason for this continued ban on easterly departures is due to so-called “one engine inoperative” flight procedures, which are now required by FAA for airline operations. In the event a right engine shuts down during take-off, these procedures require a pilot to turn left in order to approach the Airport for an emergency landing. The proximity of the Verdugo Mountains does not provide enough space for this left turn to be made safely and, therefore, the ban on easterly take-offs remains. Other flight conditions contribute to this ban on easterly departures including the presence of an LAX aircraft traffic corridor immediately east of the Airport, prevailing wind patterns, and the short length of Runway 8-26. Demolition of the existing terminal building will not change the one engine inoperative flight procedure.

What about the remaining 59 acres along Hollywood Way?

On November 2, 2015, the Airport Authority entered into a $72.5 million purchase and sale agreement with Overton Moore Properties on the Opportunity Site. That transaction closed escrow earlier in 2016 and Overton Moore now owns the 59-acre property. The Airport Authority will use the proceeds from the sale of the Opportunity Site to help pay for the replacement terminal.

What is the process for deciding what will go on the 59 acres?

Overton Moore Properties, the new owner, will develop the site with uses that are approved by the Burbank City Council.

Is aviation noise better or worse than in the past?

The noise impact area from the Airport has been dramatically reduced from what it was when the Airport Authority acquired the Airport from Lockheed in 1978. Since that time, the noise impact area has been reduced by more than 85 percent, due to the elimination of older, noisier Stage 2 jets; better aircraft performance; and a reduced number of flights (the Airport’s scheduled fights are down by nearly one-third from five years ago, largely due to the economic downturn). The Airport Authority has spent more than $100 million on its residential acoustical treatment program for schools and homes.

What is – and is not – covered by the Airport’s voluntary curfew?

The Airport’s voluntary 10:00 p.m. to 6:59 a.m. curfew dates from the 1970s and covers arrival and departure times for airlines like Southwest and other scheduled airlines. It does not cover general aviation flights (private planes); air cargo carriers such as Fed Ex and UPS; or police, military, or medical emergency flights.

Is the curfew currently complied with?

There is 98 percent compliance with the voluntary curfew. Of the approximately 71 daily flights currently scheduled at the Airport, there is only one inside the curfew hours, a US Airways flight with a gate pushback scheduled at 6:50 a.m. That flight typically is “wheels up” at or after 7:00 a.m.

Is it true that only the FAA, not the City of Burbank (or any city) and not the Airport Authority (or any airport operator), can unilaterally impose a mandatory curfew?

Yes. In 1990, Congress enacted the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), which prohibits all airport operators from imposing new noise rules that restrict access by aircraft. In that law, Congress provided a mechanism for airport operators to seek permission from the FAA to impose new aircraft access restrictions by conducting a “Part 161 Study” that evaluates the costs and benefits of imposing a new rule (such as a curfew) against the impacts that the new rule would have on the National Aviation System. The Airport Authority conducted a Part 161 Study that took nine years and cost more than $7 million. The Airport Authority then asked the FAA to approve the implementation of a mandatory 10:00 p.m. to 6:59 a.m. curfew. The FAA reviewed the study and denied the request.

Will there ever be a mandatory nighttime curfew?

In order for the Airport Authority to implement a mandatory curfew at the Airport, Congress would need to amend the Airport Noise and Capacity Act. The Airport Authority supports the City of Burbank’s effort to achieve a mandatory curfew through Congressional legislation. Although past efforts by the Airport Authority, the City of Burbank, and Representatives Schiff and Sherman have not been successful, the efforts to achieve a mandatory curfew continue. If Measure B is approved, the Airport Authority would be required to continue supporting efforts to implement a mandatory curfew.

What are the economic benefits to the City of Burbank from the Airport?

According to figures from the City of Burbank Financial Services Department, the Airport generates more than $12 million annually in revenues to the city. That figure is equivalent to the annual salary and benefits of 77 Burbank police officers OR the annual salary and benefits of 91 Burbank firefighters OR double the Burbank Library’s annual budget. Total revenues to the City of Burbank include $9.1 million in secured and unsecured property taxes, $2.1 million in parking taxes, and $1.2 million in sales tax. There are currently more than 2,200 people who work at the Airport.

We read that the number of passengers using the Airport is down. What is the Airport Authority’s financial condition?

The Airport Authority’s financial condition is stable. The number of passengers using the Airport has fallen by nearly a third since 2008 with a resulting drop in Airport Authority revenues from parking fees, landing fees, and retail (food, gifts) sales.

Does the Airport generate any taxes for the City of Burbank?

Yes. There are various Airport-related taxes that are paid, including property tax on aircraft and tenant leaseholds, sales taxes from retail and food services and aviation fuels, and a 12 percent tax on parking fees paid by airport parking customers.

What kind of public input and outreach has been done, and will be done, to assure the community’s input on what goes on that property?

The public has had and will continue to have numerous opportunities to share their views about the future of the Airport, a replacement terminal and about any development on the Opportunity Site. More than 30 presentations were made to the City Councils of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena; public workshops; regional organizations; and key opinion leaders during the recently concluded environmental review process. If Measure B is approved, the Airport will hold at least six public workshops to discuss the design of the replacement terminal and parking lots. In 2012, the Airport Authority commissioned a public opinion survey, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, which included focus groups, telephone interviews of more than 1,000 randomly selected individuals, and an online survey open to the public. The results are available on the City of Burbank and Airport websites, and at bobhopeairportsurvey.com.

Is implementing a mandatory curfew a precondition for the replacement terminal?

The term sheet approved by the Airport Authority Commission and the Burbank City Council specifically stated that implementing a curfew is a not a prerequisite for the replacement terminal. However, if Measure B is approved, the Airport Authority would be required to continue supporting efforts to implement a mandatory curfew. The Airport Authority is committed to supporting the City of Burbank’s efforts to obtain from Congress a mandatory curfew consistent with the Airport Authority’s Part 161 Application. The Airport Authority spent nine years and over $7 million seeking a curfew through a Part 161 Application and the FAA rejected the application. The Airport Authority will implement a curfew whenever Congress acts. However, the uncertainty of when Congress might act means a curfew cannot be a precondition for building a replacement terminal. The Authority cannot ignore the fact that the current terminal is too close to the runways and portions of it are 86 years old and do not meet current earthquake design standards. The Authority cannot hold off constructing a replacement terminal indefinitely until Congress acts.

How can we keep track of what’s going on at the Airport?

The easiest way is to visit the Airport website. The Airport Authority also webcasts its regular meetings and posts them for replay. The public is also invited to subscribe to the Airport Authority’s monthly e-newsletter, and to follow the Airport on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.