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3rd Quarter Results Bring More Good News

Houston Airport System Posts Significant Gains in Multiple Areas

Houston Airport System
November 2, 2010

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International traffic at IAH has been particularly strong throughout 2010.

The first three quarters of 2010 have consistently brought good news to both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports, as the latest statistical report marks gains in the areas of passenger totals, as well as the amount of cargo handled during the first nine months of the year.

When compared to the same totals from 2009, both commercial airports within the Houston Airport System recorded monthly gains during September 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.

The 2010 totals (January through September) represent an 8.1 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 eight of the first nine months of the year. That is definitely positive momentum on which we can build even more success in the future.”

During that time, more than 6.4 million international passengers passed through the gates at IAH, 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 229,437 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 nine months brought with it a total of 269,000 tons worth of cargo, while during that same time period in 2010, the total has reached 319,000 tons.

That means IAH has seen a year-to-date increase of more than 18 percent in the amount of cargo handled through the first three quarters of 2010.

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