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Hobby Airport Ranks in Top 5 for Affordability


August 1, 2011

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  The average airfare at William P. Hobby Airport is $293, fifth-lowest in the United States.
William P. Hobby Airport ranks as one of the most affordable airports in the nation, according to a study conducted by travel Web site

According to the Web site, Hobby Airport offers passengers the fifth lowest airfare in the nation, coming in at $293 for an average round trip ticket.

Airports in Burbank and Long Beach, California tied for the top spot on the list, with Hobby ranking number five on the nation’s “most affordable” list and number one on the same list focusing solely on Texas’ airports.

Airports in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Pennsylvania (Allentown) and Virginia (Williamsburg) were the only other facilities to join Hobby Airport in posting an average airfare below the $300 threshold.

“Affordability is definitely one of the key reasons why Hobby Airport has such high customer satisfaction numbers,” says Hobby Airport general manager Perry J. Miller. “The airlines at Hobby Airport are committed to a low-cost business model and we do everything we can to support that commitment.”

But Miller and his team have also managed to move forward with some amazing improvements, while still managing to keep operational costs at a minimum.

Recent improvements at Hobby Airport have included the construction of a new lobby, new ticket counters, new escalator and stairwell and dramatic new works of art. Additional improvements are on the way, including a new baggage claim area and upper-level roadway.

But it’s the collection of low-cost carriers that has allowed Hobby Airport to build an incredibly strong bond with the Houston community. AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines all bring their low-cost philosophy to the operation at Hobby, along with American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

“What we hear from passengers over and over is that Hobby Airport is affordable and it’s easy to navigate,” Miller says. “Those are two very important areas for passengers and they’re two areas where Hobby Airport scores extremely well.” 
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