BURBANK – A record number of passengers used Bob Hope Airport last year, a jump that officials attribute to an increase in service to the East Coast. More than 5.5 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2005, beating highs of 4.9 million in 1995 and 2004, records show. “We have very strongly recovered in the fall-off in traffic after 9-11, and the traditional routes along the West Coast are performing at a very strong level right now,” airport spokesman Victor Gill said. Some of the increase was attributed to JetBlue’s nonstop service to New York City, which began in May and now includes four daily flights. The airline carried 227,713 passengers through Dec. 31, according to airport statistics. Bob Hope’s increase comes as the airport is expected to raise parking fees to cover higher expenses. The four economy lots will go from $7 to $11 a day, depending on the lot. Valet service will go from a maximum of $17 to $20 a day. The short-term lot will go from a maximum of $24 to $30 a day. These are the same parking fees the airport used in 2001. Airport officials cut fees after 9-11 because of a drop in passenger traffic and increased competition from the Star Park lot, which was owned then by a private company, and which the airport recently bought, Gill said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Certainly our flight loads have been pretty full and customers seem to enjoy flying out of Bob Hope Airport,” JetBlue spokesman Brandon Hamm said. Delta Air Lines began offering a daily nonstop flight to Atlanta and flights to Salt Lake City through SkyWest in January. Its planes carried 89,887 passengers through Bob Hope in 2005, statistics show. Delta’s connection with SkyWest to Salt Lake City had 98,488 passengers last year. Southwest Airlines is the airport’s biggest user and usually accounts for more than 65 percent of passenger traffic, officials said. It carried more than 3.5 million passengers in and out of Burbank last year, a jump of 5 percent over the previous year, statistics show. Not only did more people use the airport last year, more jets did as well. The airport averaged 90 flights a day among 10 carriers in 2005, compared with 82 daily flights among nine carriers in 2004, statistics show. While Bob Hope’s numbers skyrocketed, Los Angeles International Airport’s increased at a lower rate – 1.3 percent. Some 61.5 million travelers used LAX in 2005, compared with 60.7 million in 2004, statistics show.