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Hobby Airport Set To Open New International Terminal

Some international travelers will soon have a new option to reach their destinations as Hobby Airport prepares to open its new terminal next week.

Construction on the 280,000-square foot facility is nearing completion. The five-gate terminal includes more ticket counters and security check lanes. While they’re waiting to board, passengers can charge their electronics at the outlets located between every other seat.

Bob Montgomery is vice president of airport affairs at Southwest Airlines. The company spent about $156 million constructing the terminal.

“So here you see the beautiful concourse, but down below us are all the federal offices that are required to run an international airport,” Montgomery says.

That, of course, includes Customs and Border Protection. Travelers have the option to use automated kiosks to scan their passports and speed up the verification process.

The new terminal will offer flights to 10 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. The City of Houston is pitching in about $55 million for a new parking garage, and some major beautification projects are in the works for the area surrounding the airport.

“We think that it all dovetails nicely together, and within a few weeks, it’ll seem like a whole new place,” Montgomery says.

Montgomery says the terminal could draw an additional one million passengers a year. It’s set to open October 15.

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