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Strong First Quarter for Houston Airports

May 1, 2012

  © Houston Airport System
  First quarter passenger totals increased at both Hobby Airport (above) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) recorded increases in their respective passenger totals for the first quarter of 2012.

Collectively, the two airports handled an additional 298,693 passengers, when compared to the totals recorded during the first three months of last year. This represents an increase of 2.6 percent.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

At George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an additional 125,361 passengers were handled during the first quarter of the year, thanks in large part to particularly strong travel numbers recorded in February.
The increases have primarily involved the amount of domestic traffic operating at IAH, where an increase of 1.7 percent has been recorded during the first quarter of the year.  During that same time period, international travel has remained steady with the totals posted in 2011, with a fluctuation of only 0.2 percent.

William P. Hobby Airport

Passenger traffic at William P. Hobby Airport continues to climb into new territory for the facility. After setting an overall passenger total record in 2011 (9,843,302), HOU is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

The first three months of the year topped the same totals recorded in 2011 by 7.8 percent. An additional 173,331 passengers were processed during the first quarter of 2012, as compared to the same time period last year.

“There’s an amazing amount of energy at Hobby Airport right now,” says Ross Underhill, acting general manager at William P. Hobby Airport. “You can see it with the renovated facilities, the new air service that’s being launched and the increase in passenger totals.” 
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