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Passenger and Cargo Totals Continue
Growth Trend


January 4, 2012



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Passenger growth at William P. Hobby Airport and cargo totals were two bright spots in November 2011.
William P. Hobby Airport continues to post impressive passenger totals through the first 11 months of 2011.

The totals for January through November reflect a passenger increase of almost 9 percent over the totals recorded during the same time period last year.

From January 1 through November 30, almost 9 million passengers (8,991,194) have passed through the gates at Hobby Airport. That total represents an increase of 8.8 percent over the passenger numbers recorded during the same time period in 2010.

The numbers also mean that Hobby Airport has almost matched the total number of passengers from 2010 (9,054,001) in just 11 months, with December 2011 traffic still to be recorded.

“This will be the second consecutive year that we’ve topped the 9 million passenger mark,” says Hobby Airport general manager Perry J. Miller. “Prior to last year, that had only happened once in the history of Hobby Airport. Now it seems to be happening on a consistent basis.”

Air cargo totals at Bush Intercontinental Airport are another bright spot within the latest statistical data. The total amount of air freight processed at Bush Airport for the first 11 months of the year has increased by 5.9 percent over the totals recorded during the same time period in 2010.

Last year’s annual total (391,882 tons) has already been surpassed through the first 11 months of the 2011. From January through November, 414,943 tons of air cargo has been handled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The increase in traffic has resulted in an increase in service as well.

Two new airlines began cargo operations at Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011, Lufthansa Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo. In addition to the new airlines, existing carrier Saudi Airlines Cargo and Cargolux also expanded their Houston operations. 
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