A new terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport

Airport officials have dreamed of a modern passenger terminal since Lockheed Corp. sold the facility in 1978. A dispute between the Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has stalled plans, but the two sides have agreed on many issues. Here’s what a new terminal could look like.

The current 85-year-old terminal is 210,599 square feet. It has no waiting space in the
baggage claim area, and ticketing and security areas are limited, which can lead to long
wait times through the security checkpoints. In surveys, passengers said they want more
food choices.

There are two security checkpoints, meaning a person
in one area of the terminal building can't go to the other
one without going through another screening.

Proposed terminal

Current terminal

connecting the Antelope
Valley and downtown
L.A., and possible
location of a future
high-speed rail station.

Transportation center
and rental car facility
(opened in 2014)

Metrolink and
Amtrak station

Metrolink station

Public space

Airport management /


Security / TSA

Airline common
(baggage, gate lobbies)

Airline dedicated
(ticketing, gates)

Open to below

Second Level

at both the front and
tail of the airplane is
a long-celebrated
feature of the airport
and is intended to
be preserved with
the new terminal.

Boarding flights

It would be as large as 355,102
square feet with wider corridors,
a more spacious waiting area, a
bigger check-in lobby and more
A second level would include
space for additional concessions
and a VIP Club.

Ground level, top view

Cargo and corporate jets

site will
be sold


The new terminal would
be bigger but would keep
the same number of
gates, 14, and the same
number of parking
spaces, 6,631. There
would be more seating,
baggage claims areas
and security lines;
additional restaurant and
concession spaces are
also planned.

Constructed in 1930,
the existing facility could
be badly damaged in a
major earthquake
because it does not
meet seismic standards.
Additionally, the runway
is too close to parts of
the terminal. Parts of
the building are as
close as 250 feet from
the center of the
runway, well below the
federal design safety
standard of 750 feet.

Proposed terminal

Existing terminal

Graphics reporting by Rong-Gong Lin II
Sources: Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Lou Spirito / Los Angeles Times