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Major Renovation at Hobby is Complete


September 28, 2012






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The $350 million renovation program has improved numerous areas at William P. Hobby Airport, including the lobby and baggage claim.
Construction crews have completed a multi-million dollar renovation program at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

The $350 million project brings numerous improvements to the facility, including a new lobby, ticket counter space, roadway, baggage claim area and more.

Supervisors with the remodeling program say the project’s final step, the relocation of rental car companies operating at HOU, was completed in early September 2012.

“This renovation project brings a dramatic new look to William P. Hobby Airport,” says Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. “It’s a major investment that reflects our commitment to the exciting future that awaits both the facility itself and its customers.”

Work on the project began in 2009, when dust walls and architectural drawings became common sights at Hobby Airport.

Over the next three years, work was initiated and completed in several different areas. New art pieces were installed outside the terminal facility, as well as inside the concourse area.

The baggage claim area was completely remodeled, with a renovated stairwell and escalator system guiding passengers to the new space.

The entire lobby was remodeled with a more spacious and open design, and a new row of ticket counters were constructed to accommodate all HOU airlines except for Southwest Airlines, which remains in its familiar location.

“Passengers at Hobby Airport will enjoy the best of both worlds,” says Perry Miller, general manager of Hobby Airport. “They’ll still find the convenience and efficiency they’ve grown accustomed to when visiting Hobby Airport, but they’ll also enjoy facility improvements that in many cases, make them feel like they’re walking through a new airport.”

William P. Hobby Airport enjoyed its busiest year in history in 2011, handling 9.8 million passengers. 
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