The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed construction and operation of the 14-gate replacement passenger terminal building and ancillary improvements. To...
Below is a list of FAQ’s for the Hollywood Burbank Airport Elevate BUR. Please click a question below for more information.
Why does the Airport Authority need to replace the current terminal?
The proposed project stems from several problems with the existing passenger terminal building. The existing passenger terminal building does not meet current FAA standards related to runway separation and object free areas. It is also obsolete in terms of contemporary passenger terminal design and efficient utilization standards. Further, it does not meet current State building requirements. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a passenger terminal building that meets all current FAA standards, passenger demand, and building requirements as well as improve utilization and operational efficiency of the passenger terminal building. FAA’s need is defined by the statutory requirement to decide whether to approve the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) developed by the Authority, pursuant to USC § 47107(a)(16).
What was Measure B?
On November 8, 2016, the voters of Burbank approved an agreement between the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. It gives the Airport Authority the right to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal. In exchange, Burbank receives control over critical decisions about the Airport’s future.
What are the protections for Burbank’s future?
With the passage of Measure B, the Joint Powers Agreement that governs the nine-member Airport Authority Commission has been changed to require a “supermajority” vote (at least two Commissioners from each city) for key decisions regarding Airport expansion and noise impacts. In other words, two of three Burbank Commissioners can block Airport expansion decisions and more, even if outnumbered by the Glendale and Pasadena Commissioners. Approval of Measure B gives Burbank the ability to stop attempts to increase the number of terminal gates; change the voluntary nighttime curfew or the noise rules; change support for federal authorization to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew; allow parking of scheduled commercial airline passenger aircraft other than at the terminal gates; or expand the current terminal or any new terminal.
Are Commissioners elected or appointed to the Airport Authority Commission?
Commissioners are appointed to the Airport Authority Commission by their respective City Councils. Currently, the Airport Authority Commission is composed of both City Council Members and citizen appointees.
What are the potential sites for a Elevate BUR?
The preferred site is the Adjacent Parcel, the 49-acre B-6 site. The main entrance to the new terminal would move from Thornton at Hollywood Way to Winona at Hollywood Way. Elevate BUR will be more convenient to use compared to the current terminal, but at a safer distance from the runways and with more passenger amenities, less crowding, and more places to eat, shop, and wait in comfort.
Will Elevate BUR be easy to use?
The 2012 public opinion survey showed that among the Airport’s most popular attributes are convenience and ease of use. Close-in valet and self-parking, loading of aircraft from the back and front, and convenient access to ground transit, including rail, are just some of the features that may be reproduced or improved in Elevate BUR building. A relocated terminal will provide an even higher level of safety and security; retain the friendly, accessible and easy-to-use attributes of the current terminal; have no more than the current 14 passenger gates; be built without use of local tax dollars; meet current FAA safety standards for distance from the runway; meet today’s earthquake design standards; and provide greater user amenities.
What about handicapped access and accessibility?
Any new terminal will comply with the most current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and provide the maximum amount of accessibility, including access up to the door of the aircraft.
How large will Elevate BUR be compared to the current one?
The existing terminal has two levels (plus a basement) and a total of 232,000 square feet. Elevate BUR will also have two levels (plus a basement), and will not exceed 355,000 square feet. Elevate BUR will be larger than the current terminal so that the Airport Authority can provide a safer airport terminal with added amenities that are typically found in modern airports:
- Variety of restaurants and concessions
- Improved restrooms
- Wider corridors and more spacious waiting areas
- Up to date facilities for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger and baggage security screenings
- Improved ticket lobby and airline check-in and baggage drop-off facilities
- Adequate space for airline administrative, bag service, and ticket offices
- More room for airline baggage processing and roomier baggage claim areas
- Fully integrated designs for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
Who will pay for a Elevate BUR?
Airports are funded through fees and charges by the passengers, airlines, and tenants who use the facility. Airport funding sources include FAA grants, parking fees, landing fees, rents from concessionaires and other tenants, passenger facility charges, and federal taxes on every airline ticket sold. State and local taxes are not used. No local City of Burbank funds will be used to pay for Elevate BUR. It is anticipated that the FAA will provide a portion of the overall cost.
When the Elevate BUR is constructed and the existing terminal is demolished, will that trigger large jet airline departures to the east over downtown Burbank and Glendale?
No. In 1986, the FAA banned easterly take-offs of all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds due to a number of safety concerns. These concerns included the proximity of aircraft parking and loading within 50 feet of the edge of the runway, as well as the absence of a parallel taxiway on Runway 8-26 (east to west runway). In 2006, the Airport Authority constructed the extension of Taxiway D, which addressed the immediate concerns of the FAA. However, the FAA continues to ban easterly departures on Runway 8-26.
The primary reason for this continued ban on easterly departures is due to so-called “one engine inoperative” flight procedures, which are now required by the FAA for airline operations. In the event a right engine shuts down during take-off, these procedures require a pilot to turn left in order to approach the Airport for an emergency landing. The proximity of the Verdugo Mountains does not provide enough space for this left turn to be made safely and, therefore, the ban on easterly take-offs remains. Other flight conditions contribute to this ban on easterly departures including the presence of an LAX aircraft traffic corridor immediately east of the Airport, prevailing wind patterns, and the short length of Runway 8-26. Demolition of the existing terminal building will not change the one engine inoperative flight procedure.
Additionally, the location, shorter length, and limited navigation procedures of Runway 8-26 as compared to Runway 15-33 will continue to make Runway 15-33 the preferred departure runway.
What about the 59-acre B-6 site along Hollywood Way?
What is the process for deciding what will go on the 59-acre B-6 site?
Is aviation noise better or worse than in the past?
What is – and is not – covered by the Airport’s voluntary curfew?
Is the curfew currently complied with?
Is it true that only the FAA, not the City of Burbank (or any city) and not the Airport Authority (or any airport operator), can unilaterally impose a mandatory curfew?
Will there ever be a mandatory nighttime curfew?
What are the economic benefits to the City of Burbank from the Airport?
Does the Airport generate any taxes for the City of Burbank?
What kind of public input and outreach has been done, and will be done, to assure the community’s input on the Elevate BUR?
Is implementing a mandatory curfew a precondition for the Elevate BUR?
How can we keep track of what’s going on at the Airport?
The easiest way is to visit the Airport website. The Airport Authority also webcasts its regular meetings and posts them for replay. The public is also invited to subscribe to the Airport Authority’s monthly e-newsletter, and to follow the Airport on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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