Published : Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 4:51 AM
Fodor’s Travel, which has been publishing expert travel advice on many different platforms for over 80 years, has named Hollywood Burbank Airport, which Pasadena manages through a joint powers agreement with the cities of Burbank and Glendale, as the Best U.S. Airport in the first-ever Fodor’s Travel Awards.
“All of us at Hollywood Burbank Airport are honored to have received such recognition on a national level,” Frank Miller, Executive Director of the Hollywood Burbank Airport, said. “We strive to maintain what our travelers value most about their airport, and will continue to pursue what will only enhance their travel experience.”
“It’s not flashy or even state-of-the-art. In fact, we love Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) for everything it’s not,” the travel information publisher said in an announcement. “Burbank is an airport free of most of the hassles that take the fun out of travel plans. It’s an agreeable airport in a perfect location, which is why it’s at the top of our list of airports to love.”
The publisher also found Hollywood Burbank Airport a better choice when flying in or out of Los Angeles.
“When you fly to a city like New York or D.C., you choose an airport based on location, quality, and the amount of added time airport shenanigans add to your travel plans. In Los Angeles, you also have a choice: between the behemoth time-suck that is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or the straightforward, shenanigan-free experience that is Burbank airport,” Fodor’s said.
Fodor’s Travel also took note of the abundance of affordable parking (as low as $10 per day) at the airport “with easy, quick shuttle access.” It said the airport has only two easily navigable terminals that are a short walk from airport security, as well as a Metrolink Station that’s within walking distance of the terminals, “in contrast to LAX’s nightmare of shuttles and transfers that will eventually take you into the city.”
“There’s also great food here. With food and drink venue names like ‘Bar’ and ‘Lunchbox,’ consumers are free from the super-gimmicky overpriced airport standards and ubiquitous fast food chains – but if you do insist on standard sub-par airport cuisine, Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint resides in Terminal A. But at Burbank, you don’t really need to rely on available food options. The airport is so hassle-free, so there’s no need to arrive hours before your flight takes off,” the editors wrote.
Fodor’s Travel also said most of the stuff you want to see visiting LA – Downtown, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, and more of the city’s best attractions – are all easier to reach from Burbank than its neighbor LAX.
Hollywood Burbank Airport is owned and operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, a joint powers agency created in 1977 among the cities of Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale.
The airport serves over 5.2 million passengers annually and reaches 17 nonstop destinations in the United States.