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Houston Gains Four Non-Stop New Routes

Summer flights to new sunny getaways

Houston Airport System
May 24, 2010

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Popular tourist destinations have been added to the non-stop list at both HOU and IAH

The summer at Houston Airports will be brighter with new leisure destinations. Non-stop service is being either introduced or added to four incredible locations from both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) airports.

Two new routes have already begun, while one gets started in June and the other in July. All four new routes are important for tourism for both Houston and the four destination cities.

“The Houston Airport System is continually working to deliver new domestic and international non-stop destinations,” says Robert Wigington, deputy director of marketing, communications and community affairs. “We also work to ensure a healthy diversity of flight options, airlines and destinations for Houston's business and leisure travelers. These four new routes are welcomed additions."


On May 17, Hobby Airport debuted the first new destination of 2010 for Houston’s airports to Branson, Missouri. The new charter service by Branson AirExpress offers plenty of family fun in the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.”

Branson AirExpress offers this nonstop service five days a week between Branson and Houston.


Southwest Airlines brings a brand new route to Hobby as well. On May 23, nonstop service began to Panama City Beach, FL.

Sunny days filled with sugary, white sand and emerald waters are waiting for you this summer. The 95-minute flight is offered two times a day.

An additional bonus: The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is only 15 minutes away from the beach, which make Houston passengers less than two hours away from paradise!


Beginning June 9, Continental Airlines will start twice-weekly flights between IAH and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, which will be the airline’s 30th Mexican destination, subject to government approval.

For all of the explorers, Chiapas is an ideal location. It is famous for its Spanish and Mayan influence, crafts, cuisine, natural wonders, protected ecological reserves and indigenous communities.

Chiapas is also home to Mayan archeological zones, including Bonampak and Palenque, considered UNESCO "World Heritage" sites.

Flights are timed for convenient connections to other flights in Continental's network across the U.S. and to Canada and Europe.


On July 1, IAH will welcome its newest air carrier, VivaAerobus. VivaAerobus will operate bi-weekly service to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, out of IAH’s Terminal D.

This low-cost service will connect many travelers with family and businesses in Mexico’s major industrial center. The city has prominent positions in sector such as steel, cement, glass and auto parts.

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