The Bob Hope Airport contributes $3.9 billion in economic input, according to a study released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The study by consulting firm Unison-Maximus and UCG Associates used 2006 economic data and a survey of 1,200 passengers. The Burbank airfield generates 2,400 jobs at the airport itself and another 34,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the broader economy. The study also found that passengers using the airport are well-educated and affluent and gave it the highest rating for convenience when compared to Los Angeles International, Long Beach, Ontario International and John Wayne airports. Passengers focused on the ease of access, check-in and security check-in, the study found. “More people are flying for pleasure and personal reasons, and more businesses depend on airport activity now,” said Airport Authority President Carl Povilaitis. “The airport’s place in the economic vitality of the region has never been more important.
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