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About William P. Hobby Airport

Our city's second largest airport, William P. Hobby (HOU), has been serving the Houston community for more than 80 years and became an international airport in October 2015 with the opening of a new West Terminal facility.

Hobby Airport is located 11 miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to NASA and Galveston Island.

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The airport is operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation. The Houston Airport System functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base for airport operations, maintenance or capital improvements.

Lobby at William P. Hobby Airport
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Fast Facts

  • Nonstop or direct service to nearly 60 destinations throughout the U.S., Latin American and the Caribbean
  • In 2014, nearly 12 million passengers served at HOU
  • 36rd busiest airport in the U.S. for passenger totals in 2014
  • Five scheduled passenger airlines

General Facts

  • New federal inspection services facility opened October 2015
  • Major regional center for corporate and private aviation
  • Wide range of facilities and services available at five (5) FBO's
  • More than 250 based aircraft, including 91 jets
  • 25 major airport tenants
  • 4,000 employees
  • 42 hangars
  • Ground transportation services to downtown Houston

Runways & Airfield Facilities

William P. Hobby Runways
Runway Number Length(ft) Category
12R/30L 7,601 ILS Category I
4/22 7,602 ILS Category III
17/35 6,000 General Aviation
12L/30R 5,149 General Aviation

Navigational aids and other FAA-operated facilities which include:

  • Instrument Landing System for each major runway
  • Airport Surveillance Radar
  • Other highly sophisticated navigational aids and lighting systems for all runways
  • Low Level Alert Wind Shear System
  • Aircraft rescue and firefighting facility meets current FAA safety standards

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