Passenger traffic at Burbank Bob Hope Airport improved by a little over 2 percent in February.
The airport served 284,496 passengers, an increase of 2.2 percent from the 278,420 passengers served in February 2014. The passenger results are a turnaround at the San Fernando Valley’s only commercial airport, which experienced decreases in December and January.
Driving the increase was Southwest Airlines, which has cut flights at the airport, but is filling its remaining flights with higher passenger counts. It transported 216,869 passengers, up 3.4 percent, or more than 7,000 from a year earlier.
JetBlue Airways was up 4.4 percent to 6,499 passengers. SeaPort Airlines, a commuter airline serving small airports in Southern California and the Central Valley, increased its passenger count to 868, a nearly 300 percent increase from a year earlier after adding service to San Diego.
US Airways experienced the biggest drop, falling 11.3 percent to 12,020 passengers. Delta Airlines was off 10.4 percent to 4,309 passengers
Bob Hope Airport has struggled in the past few years as flight traffic and passenger counts dwindled amid the recession, and as carriers consolidated operations at larger airports to keep planes full. Passenger activity peaked in 2008 with 5.84 million people coming through the terminal.
The airport has embarked on an ambitious plan to connect with more public transportation and build a new terminal. The airport is also working with a marketing firm to help improve awareness of its proximity to popular tourist and business destinations.