85% of Scheduled Flights Return to Service; Passengers Well Below Normal Levels as Week Starts

Southwest Running Full Schedule; Other Carriers Vary, but Continue to Move Toward Normalcy

BURBANK, Calif., September 17, 2001— The five airlines serving Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport have reinstated approximately 85% of the flights that were in service prior to the World Trade Center/Pentagon tragedy September 11.  All facilities at the airport are operating normally, but there is a significant reduction in the number of passengers coming to the airport as the week begins.

Southwest Airlines posted a full schedule today of 52 departures, serving Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and several through destinations.  United Airlines, normally the second largest operator, scheduled five flights out of a normal 10 to San Francisco and reported that there should be a flight to Denver and two more to San Francisco added to the schedule by the middle of the week.

Alaska is nearing a normal level of flights to Portland and Seattle, and America West ran four departures to Phoenix.  American Airlines offered two flights to Dallas-Ft. Worth today.

The slack demand meant that passengers who did decide to travel today continued to find no crowded conditions at the airport and no unusual delays in pre-boarding.  Parking spaces were widely available in all classes of parking lots and airport roads provided easy access to the front of the terminal for immediate drop-off or pick-up of passengers.  Curbside check-in of luggage, of course, remains unavailable because of security restrictions.