Bush Intercontinental, Hobby, and Ellington Airports saw a net gain of more than 580,000 passengers last year, compared to 2012. Ian Wandsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System, says those passengers left their stamp on the region’s economy.
“Many of these are visitors to Houston who are coming, staying in our hotels, spending money in our restaurants, different services and things. You’re probably looking at something in the range of $500 million.”
Passenger traffic through Hobby rose nearly 6.5%, for an all-time high of more than 11 million. While overall traffic through Bush was flat, international passenger totals hit a new record, coming in just shy of 9 million. Wandsworth credits the increase to the start of direct flights to Beijing via Air China and to Istanbul on Turkish Air.