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Hobby International Airport is Underway
Southwest Airlines will break ground September 2013
June 4, 2013
The Houston Airport System, City of Houston and Southwest Airlines have been working together to make William P. Hobby International Airport a reality.
Southwest Airlines is scheduled to break ground on the new international terminal at Hobby Airport by the end of September 2013, with an estimated completion date and first international flights in late 2015. The airline is fully funding the new, five-gate international terminal at an estimated cost of $156 million.
The project includes a west concourse that will house five gates designed for international operations capable of handling narrow-body transport category aircraft and the development of Federal Inspection Services (FIS). Southwest Airlines will lease four of these gates for its first international destinations. The project also includes reconfiguration and expansion of the security screening checkpoint and Southwest Airlines ticket counters.
The Houston Airport System is leading the design and construction of a new parking facility and roadway upgrades at Hobby Airport to prepare for the new terminal.
Design features include:
• The vehicle approach that will begin at the west end of the current structure and will feature an additional place for curbside drop-off and an additional place for curbside drop-off and an additional access point to the main check-in hall.
• The concourse will feature a corridor on the secured side of the airport to facilitate connections for passengers.
• The latest design renderings are available at www.houhobby.com.
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.
Southwest Airlines is committed to meeting the City of Houston’s Small Business Enterprise and Minority, Women-Owned Business Enterprise requirements and Hire Houston First goals.
To find out more information about the Environmental Assessment, Click Here.
To find out more information about Stakeholder and Public Involvement, Click Here.
To find out more information about the General Conformity Determination, Click Here.
For more information about the project, including how to do business with Southwest Airlines, visit www.houhobby.com.