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Passenger Totals Continue Climb

First quarter totals bring good news

May 3, 2011

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  Early passenger totals from 2011 look promising. 
Coming on the heels of an impressive 2010, the Houston Airport System continues to record significant increases in the key areas of passenger totals and processed air freight.

The first-quarter totals are especially strong when specific focus is placed on domestic passenger totals at William P. Hobby Airport and international traffic handled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

During the first three months of 2011, the combined passenger totals at both airports increased by 1.2 percent, meaning an additional 136,793 passengers were recorded over the totals posted during the previous year.

“Last year, traffic at Hobby Airport topped the nine million passenger mark for only the second time in its history, and we’re already ahead of that pace in the first quarter of 2011,” says director of air service development Genaro Peña. “And the arrival of new service at Bush Intercontinental Airport has had a huge impact on the amount of international traffic.”

So far, the passenger totals at Hobby Airport are placing it well ahead of the 2010 pace, with an additional 199,497 people passing through the gates during the first three months of the year. That represents an increase of almost 10 percent over the first quarter totals recorded during last year.

Overall traffic numbers at Bush Intercontinental Airport are remaining constant when compared to 2010 totals, but the first quarter of the New Year is bringing a sizable shift in regards to the number of people boarding international flights. That category is enjoying an increase of 4.2 percent over the totals recorded during the previous year, meaning an additional 85,270 international passengers passed through the facility during the first three months of the year.

“Monthly international traffic numbers haven’t decreased from the previous year’s total since August of 2009,” Peña says. “That’s a remarkable record of growth, especially when you consider the economic volatility that was going on during that stretch of time.”

In addition to the increases recorded in the areas of passenger traffic, Bush Intercontinental Airport has also enjoyed a rise in the amount of air cargo being processed. Houston’s largest commercial airport has processed an additional 8,752 tons of cargo during the first three months of the year, for an 8.4 percent increase over the first quarter totals recorded last year. 
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