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Help us, Burbank Airport. You're our only (Bob) Hope. Airport officials were surprised to see a learn of a sharp drop in passengers, as well as a decline in parking revenue. The number of passengers dropped 5% in March, a percentage greater than expected, reports the Glendale News-Press.

The loss of 7,497 passengers compared with the same period last year was 2% lower than what had been budgeted for, and likely contributed to a drop in parking revenues, which fell about 7.6%, or $129,000, according to a report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. “Well, we haven’t seen the bottom yet,” said airport Executive Director Dan Feger. Passenger figures typically rebound in March after the slow season in January and February, but that didn’t happen this year. Officials wouldn’t point to any one reason for the decline in passengers, but said the airport budget remained solid despite the lost revenue.

According to an airport spokesman, conservative estimates show overall revenues are OK for the fiscal year. However, with fewer passengers traveling through the airport, a downward trend on parking revenue is expected. "The airport authority commission will likely get a no-growth budget proposal next month for the upcoming fiscal year," noted Feger, reports the Glendale News-Press.
Airlines, meanwhile, have been reducing the number of seats available to passengers who fly out of Bob Hope Airport, which has resulted in a nearly 3% increase in seat occupancy, officials reported. “Airlines are achieving what they hope to achieve: Use less planes, but fill more people in the empty seats,” Feger said.