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Houston - Canada Connection Grows Stronger

Increase in passenger totals brings additional service

November 28, 2011

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Passenger totals between Houston and Canada increased by 30 percent in 2010.
The Houston Airport System continues to see dramatic growth in the number of passengers flying to and from Canada, and this trend is resulting in an additional non-stop flight to the city of Edmonton from United Airlines.

United Airlines already operates a daily non-stop flight between Houston and Edmonton, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new flight will be available to passengers six days each week, excluding Saturday, and United will utilize its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which offers 124 passenger seats.

The second flight, which begins operations on February 16, 2012, will be available to passengers for seasonal service until June 6, 2012. 

“Houston and Edmonton have managed to build a very strong partnership over the years,” says Genaro Peña, director of air service development for the Houston Airport System. “This partnership is having positive results in both the amount of business travel as well as leisure travel that’s taking place between the two cities.”

The increase in traffic is also noticeable with other Canadian destinations. From 2007 to 2010, the Houston Airport System recorded a 23 percent increase in the total number of air passengers flying between Houston and Canada.

Through October of this year, passenger totals between Houston and Canada are six percent above last year’s record setting pace, and 2011 could prove to be the first year where annual totals top the 800,000 passenger threshold.

The passenger totals are already strong enough to make Canada the second-fastest growing market for Houston air passengers. In 2010, all five international regions (Middle East, Mexico, Central/South America, Europe, Asia/Africa/Australia and Canada) experienced growth over the totals recorded the prior year, but the Middle East and Canada were clearly the two regions enjoying the fastest annual rate of growth, recording 97 percent and 30 percent respectively.

“Many of the major cities in Canada have a great deal in common with Houston, including a key role within the energy sector and a diverse and vibrant population base,” Peña says. “That’s a big reason for the impressive growth we’ve seen so far and why we’re so optimistic about future opportunities.”
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