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Hobby Airport Highlights $250 Million Makeover

Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates Hobby’s new look

Houston Airport System
August 1, 2010

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The remodeling at William P. Hobby Airport represents a $250 million investment.

With 83 years worth of service to the Houston community already in place, William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is now looking better than ever, thanks to a $250 million makeover in the facility’s East Terminal Wing.

The remodeling project is now having a significant impact on virtually every corner of the operation at Hobby, and on July 16 that impact was celebrated with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ceremony, attended by City of Houston controller Ronald Green, District I councilmember James G. Rodriguez, Houston Airport System (HAS) representatives, HOU representatives and friends, celebrated the multi-million dollar renovation that includes many new features that enhance the customer experience with the intention of maximizing both efficiency and customer satisfaction.

"This remodeling project has a positive ripple effect," says Mario C. Diaz, HAS director of aviation. "The customers enjoy the new facility, so passenger numbers start to go up. The airlines notice that trend and as a result, start to bring in even more air service and then the economic engine of Houston is taken to an even higher gear."

Hobby Airport serves more than 8 million customers each year and plays a key role in the economic health of Houston's economy.

This major capital investment positions HOU to maintain its current status as an industry leader in regards to overall customer satisfaction.

"William P. Hobby Airport plays a vital role in the overall success of Houston," says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "These improvements will be a positive first impression of Houston for business travelers and tourists visiting our fair city. In addition, the renovation of one of the area's key economic engines helps the local economy by creating good-paying construction jobs."

The renovation began in June 2006 by Clark Construction Group, LLC and also included moving all gates to the Central Concourse. In addition, customers at Hobby Airport are noticing the following improvements:

  • Increased space in ticketing lobby for customers as they check in prior to flights
  • More open traffic flow from terminal entrance to security checkpoint
  • Temporary baggage claim in service as permanent baggage claim remains under construction
  • Gate improvements to streamline both flight operations and passenger flow
  • Three signature works of art including:
    • Take-off, by artists Paul Kittleson and Carter Ernst, is an enormous stainless steel bird's nest
    • Over Houston, by artist Gordon Huether, is a series of abstract aerial photographs of Houston
    • Vector HH, by artist Luca Buvoli, is a structure of a human figure flying with open arms

Other changes expected in the $250 million renovation are expected to complete in 2012. Hobby Airport is served by Southwest Airlines, AirTran, JetBlue, Delta, and American; with charter service by Branson AirExpress.

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