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Nearly 51 Million Passengers Flew Through Houston Airports In 2013

The Houston Airport System is reporting a 1% increase in the number of passengers flying into and out of the city in 2013. The majority of those gains were in domestic travel through Hobby.


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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.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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