Parking Challenges Being Addressed
at Hobby Airport
November 26, 2014
Demand for parking at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is currently at an all-time high, and the availability crunch is especially noticeable due to the heavy holiday travel season.
Parking lots at Hobby Airport are periodically reaching capacity and this includes both the covered parking garage (located immediately north of the terminal building) and the nearby ecopark surface parking lot.
In an effort to minimize the potential difficulties associated with this high demand, the Houston Airport System (HAS) is taking two key steps; real time parking availability is being posted on the airport’s website fly2houston.com, and a new multi-level parking garage is being constructed immediately adjacent to the existing garage.
The airport system’s “Know Before You Go” campaign is encouraging customers to visit the airport’s website to check parking availability prior to leaving their home. This data is updated on a real-time basis and offers an accurate picture of when the airport’s parking lots are at or near capacity.
Other tips include:
• If the Web site indicates that parking lots are at or near capacity, consider a drop-off option (public transportation, car or shuttle service or relying on friends and/or family for a ride).
• Hobby Airport allows reservations for its valet parking lot that guarantees a space will be available upon arrival at the confirmed time; visit fly2houston.com/houvaletparking for more information.
• Please look for signage on the entry roads that will direct motorists to available off-site parking lots with availability.
• If picking up a passenger, take advantage of the free service found at the cell phone waiting lot located along Airport Blvd. This helps relieve road congestion by preventing drivers from circling the property while waiting for their passenger
“The best thing that we can do for our customers in the short term is provide them with the latest data so that they can make informed decisions,” says Houston Airport System Parking Director Liliana Rambo, CAPP. “From the long term perspective, our plan is to significantly add to the Hobby Airport parking inventory by constructing a new parking garage.”
Construction on this new garage is already underway and involves extensive cooperation from team members with Walker Parking Consultants, the company that designed the massive structure. They’re also tasked with assisting in construction management of this four-level parking structure housing almost 3,000 new parking spaces and connecting that structure to the new international terminal building, which is also under construction at Hobby Airport.
The new garage, roadway improvements and a new terminal building are all the result of international air service returning to Hobby Airport in late 2015. Southwest Airlines is spearheading the construction of a new international terminal building at Hobby Airport, an expansion in service that’s expected to generate an additional 1 million passengers per year. This increase would come at a time when Hobby Airport is already posting record travel numbers on a regular basis. Last year, Hobby Airport topped the 11 million passenger mark for the first time in its history.
“This may very well be the most exciting time in the history of Hobby Airport,” says Airport General Manager Perry J. Miller. “We’ve seen a dramatic transformation take place at Hobby Airport over the past five years with a new lobby, baggage claim area and ticket counters. Now, passengers are going to enjoy a new terminal building and expanded parking capacity.”