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Strong Finish With 2010 Passenger Totals

Houston’s Airports Continue Registering Significant Increases

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The Houston Airport System continues to see dramatic increases in the areas of international travel and air cargo. The total number of international travelers using Houston’s airports increased by 9 percent, year-over-year, while total international air cargo jumped 17 percent above what had been transported through George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) just one year earlier.

“Our airports provide an unparalleled gateway to key markets in Mexico and the rest of Latin America that the aviation industry relies on,” says Mario C. Diaz, director of aviation. “Paired with our airports’ ability to connect travelers to virtually any corner of the world, the future of aviation in Houston promises to be very bright.”

Bush Intercontinental Airport is closing the books on 2010 by completing an impressive string of monthly increases. Eleven of the twelve months in 2010 brought increases in passenger totals in year-over-year comparisons. Houston’s largest commercial airport handled a total of 40,479,397 passengers, which represents a 1.2 percent increase over 2009.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) finished 2010 with an increase of 6.5 percent in passenger totals. For only the second time in its history, more than 9 million passengers passed through the gates at Hobby Airport in 2010.

These strong numbers are translating into new flight options for air-travelers in Houston. Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport unveiled several new non-stop destinations in 2010, including new flights to international and domestic markets.

Changes in the aviation industry itself promise to bring even more opportunities for growth to the Houston market. The announced merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines will make Bush Intercontinental Airport the largest hub for the world’s largest airline.

In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler Network has also made Bush Intercontinental one of the most international friendly points-of-entry for foreign travelers. Bush Intercontinental Airport leads the nation in program participation.

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