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October 2010 e-Newsletter

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Conducts Disaster Drill
Hundreds of emergency responders, airport employees, and local volunteers gathered on Saturday, October 2, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for a reality check on how well the airport is equipped to handle a plane crash.
Lots of Activity Going On at Ellington Airport
From military construction and returning army forcesEllington Airport has its share of hustle and bustle going on. Dump trucks, graders and Army Corps of Engineer crews are hard at work completing the largest construction project Ellington Airport has seen in more than 30 years.
Houston is Now Largest Hub to Worlds Largest Airline
Less than five months after the initial announcement, representatives with Continental and United Airlines have completely navigated their way through the merging process and created the worlds largest airline.
Texas Trail Boss Jerky Offers True Taste of Texas
A unique new shop in Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now offering passengers an authentic taste of Texas. The "Texas Trail Boss Jerky" store brings customers an unusual question....Would you prefer beef, pork, turkey or bison style jerky?
Houston Airport System Donates Thousands to USO
In only its second year of existence, the Aeros & Autos event held at Ellington Airport has already proven itself to be a very strong fundraising vehicle. In fact, the totals are in from the 2010 event and more than $16,000 has been raised and donated to the Houston chapter of the USO.
Southwest Airlines Announces Plan to Buy AirTran Airways
Southwest Airlines, the largest air carrier at Houstons William P. Hobby Airport, has announced plans to purchase low-cost airline AirTran Airways for $1.4 billion. The move would immediately give Southwest Airlines access to the nations busiest airport in Atlanta, and would also establish a Southwest presence in Washington, D.C., Mexico and the Carribean.
The Thunderbirds are back at Ellington for Wings Over Houston
Ellington Airport invites everyone to the 26th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow where the United States Air Force Thunderbirds return to amaze and captivate audiences with the teams precision formations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon.
New Scanning Equipment Coming to Houston
The latest technological advances in passenger screening will soon be on display and in operation at both commercial airports in Houston, according to an announcement from the Transportation Security Administration. The new screening method is called Advanced Imaging Technology" and its already begun to arrive in Houston.
Major Grant is Headed to Houston
George Bush Intercontinental Airport received good news in the amount of $15.7 million. The Secretary of Transportation and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently announced a $15 million Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grant for taxiway rehabilitation.

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Writers: Juan Alanis
Roxanne Butler
David Hebert
Darian Ward

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David Tamez

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The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 48 million passengers in 2009, ranking as the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. Houston's three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy. IAH is the 8th busiest airport in the nation and ranks among the top five airports in customer satisfaction in the world. IAH and HOU offer 21 airlines providing nonstop flights to more than 170 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit

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