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Hobby Airport Set to Hit 10 Million
Passenger Mark

January 15, 2013

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New facilities and record passenger totals were both part of the landscape at Hobby Airport in 2012.
Annual passenger totals from 2012 at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) hit the 10 million mark for the first time in the airport's history.

While the December 2012 totals are not yet official, Hobby Airport is expected to finish the year with a total passenger count of approximately 10.4 million people.

“This is an exciting time for all of us here at Hobby Airport,” says general manager Perry Miller. “We’re seeing multi-million dollar renovation programs, along with record setting passenger totals and the future is bringing us even more exciting new possibilities.”

Until recently, an annual passenger total of 9 million was cause for celebration at Hobby Airport, since that number was reached for the first time in 2010. But with the 2012 numbers coming into focus, it’s becoming clear that the 10 million mark will definitely represent the record threshold at Hobby Airport.

On November 30, 2012, the annual passenger total at Hobby Airport stood at 9.5 million people, with totals from the month of December still to be included. In recent years, the final month of the year has brought in an additional 850,000 passengers, making the 10 million mark almost a certainty for 2012.

“This facility is so convenient, I just love flying in and out of here,” says frequent passenger Trina Cobb. “It’s easy to navigate and it’s easy to make it back to your gate.”

Frequent passengers like Cobb have noticed a marked difference in the facility over the past three years, with a $350 million renovation program bringing improvements to virtually every corner of the airport complex. New ticketing counters, a new baggage claim area and lobby renovations are just some of the improvements that have recently taken place.

But even during the height of the construction project, passenger totals continued to climb at Hobby Airport. In 2009, almost 8.5 million passengers passed through the gates at Hobby Airport but by the end of 2011, that number had climbed to 9.8 million, marking an increase of almost 16 percent. The passenger increase taking place between 2009 and 2012 was even more dramatic, coming in at 22 percent.

“It’s been amazing to watch the transformation take place from an up close vantage point,” Miller says. “There is an excitement and a momentum that begins to build when you have new facilities arrive at the same time as record passenger totals. It makes everyone feel as if anything is possible moving forward.”

Hobby Airport could very well be headed for another transformational period, as Southwest Airlines looks to establish international air service at the facility. City leaders in Houston have already expressed their overwhelming support for the idea and design plans for a new federal inspection services facility are already underway.
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