Houston Becomes Large Hub for Southwest Airlines Service

Southwest Airlines relaunches service from Bush Airport, providing more convenience for travelers throughout Houston. 

April 8, 2021

HOUSTON (April 12, 2021) – After a 16-year absence, Southwest Airlines relaunched service at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, IAH, widening the airlines’ footprint in Houston to provide greater convenience for business and leisure travelers throughout the region. 

“Welcome back home to Bush Airport,” Houston Airports Director Mario Diaz said. “No matter where you live or plan to visit in Houston, you now have ease of access to Southwest Airlines’ award-winning customer service at both of Houston’s world-class airports.” 

Southwest Airlines has a long history with Bush Airport. The airport served as one of three airports where Southwest operated on its first day in operation, June 18, 1971. The carrier moved to Hobby Airport shortly thereafter, though it operated service from both airports between 1980 and 2005. Southwest remains a key employer in the City of Houston, providing nearly 4,000 jobs. 

“With Southwest’s expanded Houston service, we’re looking forward to bringing more options for local travelers,” Vice President of Southwest Business Dave Harvey said. “Whether traveling for leisure or business, Southwest customers can now fly from the Houston airport most convenient to them and experience the flexible polices and world-class hospitality that’s made Southwest a part of Houston’s community for 50 years.” 

On Monday, April 12, Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Bush Airport arrived from Dallas Love Field and was greeted by a celebratory water arch as it taxied to the ramp at Terminal A. The airline will be operating 15 daily departures from Bush Airport Terminal A at three separate boarding gates. Southwest’s customers can now fly between Bush Airport and five nonstop destinations: Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, Denver, Nashville and New Orleans. 

“Airline expansions like this are important to global air service hubs like Houston,” Diaz said. “As we recover from the pandemic, safety of our passengers will remain our top priority. Partners like Southwest will ensure that as we rebuild and recover, we are building forward better.” 

Media Note: Visuals from the event are available now. Visuals include the Southwest aircraft landing at Bush Airport, water arch welcome, gate area set-up, press conference speakers, general gate area with passengers, ribbon cutting ceremony and are available now for download courtesy of Houston Airports.  Please click here.