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Bob Hope Airport reports more foot traffic in February

This year, so far, Bob Hope Airport has handled 595,460 passengers, an increase of 13,755 passengers compared to January and February 2015.

This year, so far, Bob Hope Airport has handled 595,460 passengers, an increase of 13,755 passengers compared to January and February 2015.

(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport rose by 5.2% in February compared with the same month a year earlier.

The airfield saw 299,360 passengers going through its two terminals that month, which is 14,864 more than in 2015 and 8,321 more than the airport’s projections, said Mark Hardyment, the airport’s director of government and environmental affairs, during a Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority meeting on Monday.

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That follows a dip of 0.4% in January. However, there were passenger hikes in October, November and December last year, following flat lines in September and August, but increases each of the six months before that.

Hardyment said that February’s numbers are unique because it was a leap year this year, giving the airfield an extra day’s worth of passengers. Even without the extra day, though, Hardyment said there was about a 3% uptick in passengers compared to 2015 figures.

The first two months of 2016 are shaping up to be better for the airport than last year.

This year, so far, the airfield has handled 595,460 passengers, an increase of 13,755 passengers compared to January and February 2015.

Statistics for individual airlines were unavailable.

Parking revenue at Bob Hope increased roughly 2% in February, coming in at about $1.5 million, compared to $1.46 million in February 2015.

The revenue made this past February was about $13,000 more than what airport officials had projected.

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Anthony Clark Carpio, anthonyclark.carpio@latimes.com

Twitter: @acocarpio

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