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September 2010 e-Newsletter

United Airlines Announces New Service to Aspen, Colorado
United Airlines has announced plans to begin non-stop flights from Houstons George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Aspen, Colorado, beginning on January 4, 2011. The new daily service will connect Houston to one of the countrys premiere resort locations.
Houston Airport System Lands Major Awards
From the 40th Anniversary television show to social media and the launch of the Fresh Air Cargo - IAH facility, the Houston Airport System shined in several categories of the 2010 Airports Council International-North America Marketing & Communications Contest.
Ellington Airport Plays Key Role in Hurricane Earl Study
Hurricane researchers at Ellington Airport are using the arrival of Hurricane Earl as an opportunity to learn more about the development and travel patterns surrounding major storms. A modified WB-57 aircraft, which is based at Ellington Airport, is being used to gather detailed information on Hurricane Earl, including the factors which impact a storms intensity and path.
Airport Rally Greets Pearland Little Leaguers
The Pearland, Texas Little League baseball team returned home to the Houston area on August 30, after completing an amazing run at the Little League World Series competition in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The homecoming took place inside Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and included extensive coverage from members of the local media and repeated messages of congratulations from proud Houstonians.
United Airlines Makes Move to New Terminal
Terminal C at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is certainly no stranger to new arrivals, but the one that unfolded in the early morning hours of August 16 was slightly different from the norm. Thats because it wasnt a passenger landing in a new location, but rather an airline.
Houston Targets Air Service to Chongqing, China
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Mario C. Diaz, Houston Airport System director of aviation, recently completed a successful trade mission to China aimed at sparking growth in international air service available to passengers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Diaz signed an airport cooperation agreement with the government of Chongqing, a major city in central China with 32 million residents.
Frontier Airlines Relocating to Hobby Airport
After nine years of serving customers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Frontier Airlines has decided to move to Houstons domestic airport, William P. Hobby, beginning on November 18, 2010. The decision to move represents promising news for both the airline and customers at Hobby Airport
Passenger Totals Continue to Climb in 2010
The Houston Airport System continues to record significant increases in the number of passengers handled in 2010, specifically in regards to the total number of domestic passengers at William P. Hobby Airport and international passengers traveling through George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The good news includes an overall year-to-date increase of two percent in the number of total passengers for both airports combined.
Emirates Looks to Double Number of Houston Flights
Emirates Airline has announced plans to expand its non-stop service connecting the cities of Houston and Dubai by adding a second frequency to its daily schedule. Starting on November 1, 2010, passengers will have two daily flights from which to choose when traveling between the energy capital of Texas and the United Arab Emirates.
Sky High Ranking for Houston Airports
According to Travel +Leisure magazine, Houston is home to the BEST airports in America. Both commercial gateways -- Bush Intercontinental and Hobby are national favorites of the traveling public surveyed by Travel + Leisure. Whether you are flying for business or enjoying a special vacation, know that Houston has the BEST on-time performance, along with amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options. Thanks to all who selected Houston Airports as the BEST in the U.S.
Continental United Merger Clears Federal Hurdle
The proposed merger between Continental and United Airlines has taken a major step forward with the United States Department of Justice completing its review and offering a formal green light for merger plans between the two companies.
The federal approval marks a major milestone in the drive to finalize the transaction by October 1, 2010, and sets up a pivotal vote for September 17, 2010.

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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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