In response to letters by the City Council and officials at the
Burbank- Glendale-Pasadena Airport, United Airlines plans to cancel
or delay flights to comply with the voluntary curfew at the airport
City and airport officials sent letters to the airline in July
asking that it eliminate a 6:40 a.m. Sunday flight to San Francisco.
In a response received by Airport Authority commis- sioners Monday,
United scheduling manager Sheila Wiedemann said the carrier would
eliminate the early Sunday flight effective on its September
Wiedemann said in the letter that because of high demand, United
would continue to offer a flight to San Francisco at 6:46 a.m.
Monday through Saturday. However, that is the time the plane is
scheduled to push back from the gate, and she said with an average
taxi time of 11 minutes the flight would be taking off very near to 7
While Airport Authority President Charles Lombardo said he was
glad United responded to concerns expressed by city and airport
officials, he is not satisfied with the proposed changes. He said
data supplied by United shows that the carrier could adhere to the
Monday through Saturday curfew and still meet its stated goal of
allowing at least 45 minutes between all connecting flights.
“We feel they could move that flight to 7 a.m. and still make
their connecting flights,” he said.
The commissioners also discussed a recent proposal to rename the
airport for late entertainer Bob Hope. Former mayor Michael Hastings
read the commissioners a statement from longtime Hope publicist Ward
Grant in support of the proposal.
The commissioners appointed an ad hoc committee consisting of
Commissioners Don Brown of Burbank, Carl Povilaitis of Glendale and
Joyce Streator of Pasadena to investigate the proposed change,
spokesman Victor Gill said.
The committee will look at possible expenses that would result
from a name change, including things like replacing signs, he said.
“They were mostly concerned about getting specifics about what the
process is,” Gill said. “Certainly the comments that were made were
Lombardo said the commissioners want to be sure to “dot the i’s
and cross the t’s” before beginning the process.
“It’s like anybody changing their name, there’s a lot of things to
be considered,” he said.