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Houston Attracted More Holiday Air Travelers

Heavier holiday traffic reported at Hobby and Bush Intercontinental Airports

Houston Airport System
January 6, 2011

The Houston Airport System announces a growth in holiday passengers with Hobby Airport leading the way.

The number of passengers who boarded planes jumped in Houston during the peak holiday season, which started in December 2010 and just finished in early January 2011.

Whether they flew home for the holidays, enjoyed a vacation in a faraway place, or came to Houston to shop -- the news is welcomed by airport executives in Houston who appreciate the jump in traffic.

“When you look at 2010 from a broad perspective, you have to be pleased with the way things unfolded,” says Ian Wadsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System. “Our total number of passengers for both Bush and Hobby Airports have increased in 10 of the first 11 months of the year. We don’t have the totals from December yet but it’s also looking very promising.”

The news is especially encouraging when you look at the preliminary passenger totals reported by the airlines during the week before and after Christmas.

When looking at the totals from the time period of

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Passenger totals have been strong throughout 2010.

December 18, 2010 to January 4, 2011, both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) are recording increases over passenger totals from that same time period the previous year.

The spike in holiday traffic is especially noteworthy at Hobby Airport, where more than a quarter-of-a-million people boarded an aircraft during the time period mentioned previously. That represents an increase of 30 percent over the totals recorded during the same time period a year ago.

“You can definitely feel the energy here at Hobby Airport,” says Perry J. Miller, Hobby general manager. “The holiday passenger totals, combined with the massive renovation program that’s currently underway, is creating a very strong sense that we’re moving in an exciting direction.”

At Houston’s largest commercial airport, George Bush Intercontinental, the increases in passenger totals are also creating incredibly positive momentum. During the same time period of December 18, 2010 to January 4, 2011, the number of enplaning passengers at IAH increased by more than 50,000 over the totals posted the previous year.

The increase serves as the perfect finish to a terrific year at IAH. With the final December 2010 numbers still pending, Bush Intercontinental has already recorded a year-to-date increase of almost 9 percent in the area of international traffic and an increase of 1.2 percent when international and domestic traffic numbers are combined.

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