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Strong Passenger Totals Arrive in 2010

First three quarters mark significant improvement over '09

Houston Airport System
December 14, 2010

Passenger totals for 2010 are ending on a high note with a significant increase over the ’09 totals.

When compared to the same totals from 2009, both commercial airports within the Houston Airport System recorded monthly gains during the latest reporting period of October and both have maintained year-to-date
increases as well.

The news is especially encouraging when the focus is placed squarely on the amount of international traffic handled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The most recent 2010 totals (January through October) represent an 8.7 percent increase when compared to the same time period from 2009.

“We’ve definitely seen improvement in 2010,” said Ian Wadsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System. “Our total passengers for both Bush and Hobby Airports have increased in nine of the first ten months of the year. That is definitely positive momentum on which we can build even more success in the future.”

During the first ten months of the year, more than 7 million international passengers passed through the gates at IAH,

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Traffic totals from 2010 have increased at both IAH and HOU.

with dramatic increases being recorded in the number of travelers heading to both the Middle East and Canada.

When international traffic is combined with domestic travel at Bush Intercontinental, a year-to-date increase of 344,802 passengers is recorded.

A major surge in traffic is also recorded in the amount of cargo being processed at George Bush
Intercontinental Airport.

Last year the first ten months brought with it a total of 303,000 tons worth of cargo, while during that same time period in 2010, the total has reached 357,000 tons.

That means IAH has seen a year-to-date increase of almost 18 percent in the amount of cargo handled through the first ten months of 2010.

An impressive surge in traffic has also been recorded at William P. Hobby Airport, where the latest passenger totals represent a year-to-year increase of almost 6 percent.

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