Quaint yet usually busy Hollywood Burbank Airport — an in-city airport in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley — will temporarily close a terminal tomorrow.
Decreased flight operations and passenger totals caused by the coronavirus pandemic are to blame.
Terminal B occupants Alaska, Delta, United airlines will move over to Terminal A. Their new neighbors include American, Southwest, and Spirit Airlines. JetBlue announced yesterday it’s suspending flights from Burbank as well as Ontario airport.
Two long-term parking lots and the valet parking option are also closed. (For updates, visit the airport’s website.)
The existing passenger terminals are scheduled to be replaced by a new, 14-gate terminal. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.
The airport is popular with many Angelenos. Although lacking lounges and far from chic, it’s much easier to access than its behemoth counterpart, LAX. It features two, perpendicular runways — including one (RWY 8/26) that’s very short; some travelers compare it to a commercial airport version of an aircraft carrier.
BUR (which has been through seven name changes) is cherished by classic movie lovers because of its ties to the iconic film Casablanca. Ironically, none of the movie was shot at Burbank; Van Nuys Airport and stages at Warner Bros. a few miles away doubled for the airport.
Frankly, Terminal B is rather underwhelmingly and cramped. But this is still sad news for the airport and travel industry. Here’s hoping Terminal B is back up and operating soon.
H/T: John O.
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