Southwest Begins International Flights From Hobby Airport

Passengers can now catch flights to Latin America from Hobby Airport, as Southwest Airlines opens its new international concourse.


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When Jason Marshall came to Hobby Airport Thursday morning, he had no idea he’d make history. Marshall was the first in line to board the 8:00 a.m. flight to Cancun. It was Southwest Airlines’ first flight out of its new international gates.

“Everybody’s excited about it,” said Marshall. “We’re going to be using it a lot here in Houston.”

Southwest is touting Hobby as a more convenient departure point for people who live in the southern half of the city. But Marshall said he actually came out of his way.

“Well I live in Kingwood, which is right next to Bush,” explained Marshall. “I come to Hobby because of Southwest.”

Marshall and his fellow passengers arrived to lots of fanfare as Southwest opened the $156 million facility. It totals 280,000 square feet, and it will accommodate passengers traveling to places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica.

Holly Inderrieden was also headed to Cancun. She said she likes having more options.

“We’re all for capitalism and having competition, so I’ll just make it better for us to have better fares for the future,” said Inderrieden.

Southwest got permission to build the new concourse back in 2013, after a bitter dispute with United Airlines, who said the new facility would cut into business at Bush Intercontinental.

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Gail Delaughter

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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