Aviation Travel

Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport – Frozen in Time?

I was down in southern California this week teaching one of our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps with one of my partners, Carol Coye Benson. We had a great time with a great group of folks.

Flying home from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport last night on Southwest brought back memories. When I worked for IBM in the 70’s, I used to spend a fair amount of time in and out of that airport – mostly for visits to Lockheed across the street. From the looks of things, nothing has changed at this airport in the 30+ years since!


The best part about Burbank’s airport is its compactness. Landing, it feels like the aircraft comes to a stop, makes a quick turn left and you’re at the gate. No jetways, just old-fashioned ramps at both the front and rear of the aircraft. Felt a lot like San Jose Airport circa-1970.

Inside, there’s a sign displaying the airport’s mission statement – I smiled when I read it strived to provide a “state of the art” airport experience. But now that I think about it, I enjoyed the whole experience of flying in and out of Burbank – much more that I would flying in/out of some of my least favorite airports (Atlanta and Denver come immediately to mind!) Burbank is indeed providing a state of the art experience – the way things used to be!

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