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International Service at Hobby is
Beginning to Take Shape

July 5, 2013

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The new $156 million terminal will help bring regional international air service to William P. Hobby Airport.
With preliminary designs starting to take shape, the concept of international travel at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is beginning to come into focus.

For example, September 30, 2013 has already been chosen by the Houston Airport System (HAS) and Southwest Airlines as the official date to celebrate the launch of the construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

“It’s definitely exciting when you start to see renderings and launch dates attach themselves to a major project such as this,” says Perry J. Miller, General Manager of William P. Hobby Airport. “Hobby Airport has an incredibly rich history and everyone involved with this project is well aware of the fact that this expansion represents a major step forward in the overall story.”

Southwest Airlines has agreed to cover the costs associated with the construction of the $156 million terminal that’s necessary to accommodate international travel at HOU and will eventually operate four of the facility’s five available gates. The fifth gate will be made available to other interested, qualified carriers who are looking to offer regional international air service.

At a news conference held near HOU on June 5, Southwest Airlines unveiled an informational Web site (click here to view and drawings of what the new international concourse facility will look like once completed.

At the news conference, Southwest's Vice President of Airport Affairs Bob Montgomery described the concept as "open, airy and easy to navigate." Montgomery says the new facility was designed to fit in seamlessly with the existing terminal and surrounding infrastructure projects at Hobby.

Since last year on May 30, 2012 when Houston City Council approved Southwest Airlines’ plans for international service at William P. Hobby Airport, the Houston Airport System, City of Houston and Southwest Airlines have been working diligently to make regional international travel at Hobby Airport a reality.

In support of the new terminal facility, the Houston Airport System will be constructing a new 3,000+ space parking facility, located along the west side of the existing parking garage. Completion of the new facility, along with roadway improvements, is expected to coincide with the opening of the new terminal, which is slated for the latter part of 2015.

A 2012 study indicates that the new terminal and resulting competition to near-international destinations will generate more than 10,000 jobs across the Greater Houston metropolitan area and will provide an economic impact of $1.6 billion. The study estimates that the terminal will bring in an additional 1.6 million passengers annually to Hobby Airport.
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