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Local airports seeing fewer passengers; high fuel costs blamed

An airplane lands over W. Empire Avenue

The number of passengers using Bob Hope Airport fell in April as high fuel prices spurred airlines to raise fares and reduce service to common destinations.

The number of commercial travelers arriving or departing from the Burbank airport fell by 5.2% in April compared with the same period a year earlier, according to an airport report. It was the second consecutive month that passenger figures dipped below projections, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Airlines have cut back on the number of flights into and out of the facility as they counter rising fuel prices by ensuring planes operate near seating capacity.

Other regional airports also saw fewer passengers in April. Orange County’s John Wayne Airport reported a 3% drop in April and Ontario Airport reported a 5% decline.

But passenger traffic grew by 7% at Los Angeles International Airport.

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-- Bill Kisiuk, Times Community News

Photo: A Southwest Airlines jet lands at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News

 
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