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Houston Airports see Growth in 1Q 2010

Houston Airport System

April 27, 2010

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Passenger totals are up at both Bush and Hobby Airports

Passenger totals within the Houston Airport System (HAS) continue to climb, as the 1Q numbers offer even more evidence that travelers are heading back to the skies.

Year-to-date increases in passenger totals are being recorded for the first three months at both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) airports, as well as a significant jump in the amount of air cargo handled during that time.

The increase at IAH stands at 1.3 percent for the January through March time period, while HOU is posting an even larger increase of 5.8 percent for the same time span.

“We continue to see signs of improvement in regards to passenger totals,” said Genaro Peña, HAS marketing director. “The numbers that we’re seeing from the first quarter have us very optimistic as to how 2010 is going to unfold.”

The recovery has been particularly noticeable in the area of international travel, where a 1Q increase of 7.8 percent was recorded at George Bush Intercontinental for the first three months of 2010.

Last year during that time, IAH handled a total of 1,882,450 passengers, but the 2010 total for the same time period stands at 2,029,290.

The most dramatic increase in international traffic has involved travel to Canada, where the March 2010 number jumped almost 25 percent over the 2009 total.

Relatively new nonstop service to the Middle East also had a significant impact on the increase recorded in international travel.

“International travel is incredibly important to us here in Houston,” Peña says. “Not only does it represent a sizeable percentage of our overall traffic, but it also plays a key role in keeping Houston plugged into the global economy.”

At William P. Hobby airport, the passenger totals for the first three months of 2010 reached the two-million mark, with 2,013,199 people passing through the gates in the first-quarter.

And the positive news also extended to the air cargo operation at HAS, with the entire system enjoying a first-quarter increase of 17.4 percent over the 2009 total.

An additional 30,000,000 pounds worth of cargo was handled at IAH during the first three months of 2010, while the increase recorded at HOU was approximately 264,000 pounds.

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