#1 Houston Airport System Charts Course for Future

Unveiling of Strategic Plan offers insight on direction of Houston Airport System

Houston Airport System
December 20, 2010

A five-year strategic plan for the Houston Airport System (HAS) sets the blueprint for future growth and staff development.

The document offers an in-depth look at four key principles:

• Building a high-performance organization
• Going Global
• Restoring facilities to their opening day conditions
• Fund the Future.

Aviation director Mario C. Diaz, unveiled the new document during a December 6 townhall-style employee meeting.

“These four areas are at the core of what we’re trying to accomplish with this plan.” Diaz told employees. “As a group, we have got to get these things right if we’re going to be successful in the future.”

The priority to "Go Global” means that William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington (EFD) Airports are being considered for future expansion of the roles they serve to the community.

The airport system leadership team will perform an in-depth analysis on the possibility of establishing international flights at both HOU and EFD.

International traffic at Hobby Airport is projected as low-cost carriers expand their networks.

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Aviation director Mario C. Diaz spoke about the Strategic Plan to team members on December 6.
“We’re going to be developing a “proof of concept” study for international services at Hobby Airport,” said Hobby general manager Perry J. Miller. “This study will require us to confirm the interests of various carriers but at the end of the day, what we’d like to see is an international facility that will help us accommodate international traffic at Hobby Airport.”

Another aspect of the plan sure to be welcomed by Houston air travelers is the commitment to restore all airport facilities to a condition of “opening day fresh.”

The Strategic Plan calls for the restoration and maintenance of equipment and facilities, so that all three airports (IAH, HOU & EFD) run seamlessly, efficiently and with an ambience that travelers will come to identify with Houston.

The plan calls for the transformation of the Houston Airport System into a high-performance organization, where the company culture encourages independent thinking at all levels of the operation.

“Raise questions about how we go forward,” Diaz encouraged employees. “Have that dialogue and offer those suggestions, because if we can collectively find the best practices and then execute them flawlessly, no one is going to be able to top us.”

Other objectives include a renewed focus improving efficiency and productivity. The five-year plan charts a course for less reliance on airline-related revenue.

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