LAX and beleaguered LA/Ontario have been hogging all the airport headlines for a while now, but Burbank's Bob Hope Airport is now trying to horn in on the action. Last week, officials presented rough plans for a brand new, two-story, 14-gate terminal to replace the 83-year-old L-shaped building they're currently using. While the proposal wouldn't add any gates, it calls for a larger building that would have space for more shops and restaurants, larger passenger waiting areas, better accessibility, and room for more large planes. The old terminal building would be demolished to extend the runway taxi area. Exactly how much larger the new building will be is still unknown--and was a source of some consternation at last week's meeting, according to the Burbank Leader. There are more public meetings on the future of the airport planned in advance of an environmental review, which will kick off early next year but won't be completed until 2015. Once finalized, the plans will go to Burbank voters for approval. Funding for the project would come from the airlines, FAA, airport authority, and passengers.
· Bob Hope Airport officials present plans for new terminal [Burbank Leader]
· Replacement Terminal Project (pdf) [Bob Hope Airport]