It’s no joke: travellers will soon have a much clearer idea of where they’re heading when booking a flight into Bob Hope Airport (BUR).
The southern California airport will soon be renamed Hollywood Burbank Airport, 14 years after being named after the late Hollywood comedian and film star, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials said the change is intended to prevent confusion about where the airport is located.
Opened as United Airport in 1930, the facility has undergone several name changes over the years, including Hollywood-Burbank Airport and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.
The transition to the new name, including new signage and rebranding, is expected to be completed this summer. The airport’s website already reflects the name change, although the URL (bobhopeairport.com) remains unchanged.
The airport, one of several regional alternatives to busy Los Angeles International Airport, is also slated to get a new terminal under a $400-million plan recently approved by local voters. The airport’s original 1930s-era terminal, still in use, will be replaced by a modern, 14-gate facility, with an anticipated opening in 2022.
BUR is located about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is currently served by seven airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, SeaPort, Southwest, and United.