Where exactly is Bob Hope Airport? It is common knowledge to residents in LA County that the airport is located in Burbank. However, its name does not indicate its location in Southern California, which may be a downside to its name. Passenger traffic has been declining at Bob Hope Airport. Tourists and other such travelers may not realize that the airport is much closer to attractions like Universal Studios and Hollywood. Officials say that if travelers don’t realize this, they may be flying into Los Angeles International Airport instead. The airport is in the process of addressing this by highlighting its location in pamphlets, brochures, and promotional material.
In the long term, the airport will pursue a terminal expansion project that includes demolishing the existing terminal while retaining the same number of gates. The proposed terminal would be more earthquake-proof and fulfill modern Federal Aviation Administration requirements regarding space between terminals and runways. More restrooms, larger waiting areas and upgraded baggage claim mechanisms would form part of the makeover. All in all, the new terminal would have as much as 68% more space compared to the current terminal. However, officials warn that the proposed terminal is still in the conceptual stages. Moreover, Burbank voters must approve the new terminal in 2015 before any construction can begin. If approved, it would take between 5 and 7 years to complete the new terminal.