Burbank, California's Bob Hope Airport is a public airport serving the Los Angeles area including Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley. Bob Hope Airport is the only airport in greater Los Angeles area with a direct rail connection to downtown Los Angeles.
Non-stop flights from the airport serve mostly destinations located in the western United States, but there are also non-stop flights from Burbank to New York City, Burbank to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Burbank to Dallas, Texas. Currently, the airport is serviced by seven major US airlines, including Alaska Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United.
Bob Hope Airport has two runways, one of which actually stretches into the City of Los Angeles. The airport is owned and operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which is controlled by the governments of the three cities in its name.
For business travelers and those who are interested in connecting to the Internet while waiting for a flight, Burbank's Airport has a WiFi hotspot provided by AT&T. Some AT&T customers can use the hot spot as part of their calling plan, while others are able to pay by the hour or the day.
Bob Hope Airport began its history as United Airport when it first opened in 1930, commissioned as the first multimillion-dollar airport in the country by the Boeing Company. It quickly grew to become the primary airport for the entire greater Los Angeles region, because of its modern features, including a paved runway and terminal facility. The airport changed its name to Union Airport in 1934.
As World War II approached in 1940, Lockheed purchased the airport and began expanding it to the surrounding areas to aid the United State's war effort. Lockheed opened aircraft manufacturing facilities at the airport, and they continued to develop military and commercial aircraft. Once the war was finished, major air carriers moved to the Los Angeles Municipal Airport, the forebearer to today's LAX.
In the 1960s, jet airplan technology had improved, and commercial airplanes were able to land on shorter runways, like the ones in Burbank. Commercial airline service returned, and the number of airlines flying in and out of Burbank expanded. In 1967, Lockheed changed the name of the airport to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, a friendlier and less commercial name. The airport retained this name for more than ten years, until Lockheed sold the facility to the government-run Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, and the airport became known as Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.
In December of 2003, the airport was once again renamed, this time to honor entertainer Bob Hope. Currently, the airport services over 5 million (and growing) passengers each year.
Because of its close proximity to Hollywood and Los Angeles, and because a departure from Burbank is often easier than flying from LAX, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is frequently the preferred airport of celebrities and athletes. Recently, stars such as Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana), Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Britney Spears, Alex Rodriguez, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Dave Navarro, and Ashlee Simpson have all been spotted at the airport in Burbank.