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Passenger Totals Continue to Climb in 2010

First half of the year brings welcome news on customer count

Houston Airport System
August 20, 2010

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More than 24 million passengers have already passed through the gates at IAH and HOU.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) 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 (HOU) Airport and international passengers traveling through George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The good news comes on the heels of a challenging 2009 and includes an overall year-to-date increase of 2 percent in the number of total passengers for both IAH and HOU combined.

During the first six months of 2009, a total of 23,662,358 passengers were handled at Houston’s two commercial airport facilities, while the total for 2010 was 24,143,097 passengers for the same time period.

“Houston weathered the economic storm incredibly well last year but we did notice a slight decline in the overall numbers,” says director of air service development Genaro Peña. “The good news is that the first half of 2010 has gotten us off to a terrific start, and we’ve done incredibly well in regards to adding new air service, which puts us in a great position for even more growth in the last six months of 2010.”

The new air service coming to Houston within the past year includes the arrival of three new carriers, Alaska Airlines, VivaAerobus and Branson Air Express.

These arrivals are in addition to the numerous non-stop flights launched in 2010 by existing carriers at both Hobby and Bush Intercontinental airports.

Those new flights, along with the overall upward trend in air travel, have translated into a significant increase in the number of passengers traveling through William P. Hobby Airport.

At the mid-point of last year (January – June) a total of 4,114,819 people had passed through the gates at HOU, while the 2010 total for the same time period stands at 4,371,099, an increase of 256,280 passengers or 6.2 percent.

A similar success story can be found by examining the number of international passengers traveling through George Bush Intercontinental Airport during the same time period.

The first half of 2009 brought in a total of 3,814,883 international passengers, while the 2010 total hit 4,143,422, an increase of 8.6 percent.

“So far this year, each and every month has produced an increase in the number of international passengers,” says Peña. “The additional passengers and new non-stop flights have combined to create very positive momentum for HAS in 2010.”

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