By a roughly 2 to 1 margin, residents in the tri-city region favor a new terminal at Bob Hope Airport that is further from the runway, according to a recent poll that also revealed a major knowledge gap about just how old the existing facility is.
The survey, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research mid-February, found that among those polled in Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and portions of Los Angeles near the airfield, 67% favored a replacement terminal that was further from the runway — a move long pushed for by the Federal Aviation Administration — but that remained the same size as the current 80-year-old facility. Just 24% opposed it.
The support is good news for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which for years has been mulling over ways to build public and political support for a new terminal, which the FAA has repeatedly said is too close to the runway. And portions of the terminal do not meet current seismic standards.
But the survey results — released during a joint meeting Thursday of the Burbank City Council and airport authority — also revealed that the public remains largely unaware of just how aging the terminal is.
When respondents learned of the structural issues, support for a new terminal shot up.
The results are based on 1,111 interviews conducted between Feb. 11 and 19, with most of the respondents — 598 — living in Burbank.
-- Mark Kellam, Times Community News