Transportation

Houston’s Airports Saw Record Number Of Passengers In 2014

Officials say growth is driven by new international carriers.

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Officials with the Houston Airport System say over 53 million passengers traveled through Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports in 2014. That’s a 4.5% increase over the year before.

Director of Air Service Development Molly Waits said those numbers are primarily driven by business travel but the city also sees a strong amount of leisure travelers.

“You’ve got people going on vacation as well as people coming in to visit their friends and families. There’s a lot of medical traffic that comes in as well, people coming to the Texas Medical Center,” she said. 

Waits also foresees more growth when Southwest Airlines starts offering service to Latin America out of Hobby Airport this fall.

“We anticipate that when the services for Hobby International Terminal are fully developed, we should see an incremental, additional million passengers that would be traveling international flights in and out of Hobby Airport,” Waits said.

And Waits expects Bush Airport to post higher numbers when four new international carriers begin service later this year.

 

Houston Airport System Statistical Summary Report

 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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