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Hobby Is One Of The Fastest Growing Airports In The United States

The international terminal, which opened in October 2015, is the reason

Hobby Airport is becoming one of the fastest growing airports in the United States thanks to its international terminal.
Hobby Airport is becoming one of the fastest growing airports in the United States thanks to its international terminal.

Hobby Airport is becoming one of the fastest growing airports in the United States thanks to its international terminal.

According to data compiled by the Houston Airport System, 145,000 passengers, combining travelers who arrived and departed from the city’s second airport, passed through Hobby in 2015.

That year, the international terminal was only operational for a few months because it was opened in October.

In 2016, the number of incoming and outgoing passengers that used Hobby grew to 800,000.

The Houston Airport System has also compiled the data covering from January to November of 2017. In that 11 month period, Hobby also saw almost 800,000 travelers.

Bill Begley, a spokesman for the Houston Airport System says the considerable investment in the city’s second airport is paying off.

“It was a 256 million expansion at Hobby that included not just the new concourse, but also improvements to the roadways, to infrastructure,” noted Begley.

Currently, Southwest Airlines is the only carrier flying internationally at Hobby, with routes that connect Houston to Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Clifford Winston, who studies transportation for the Brookings Institution, says the Dallas-based airline has been a crucial factor because “what we are seeing at Hobby is the same kind of things that we’ve been seeing when Southwest expands.”

The Houston Airport System says it is open to other airlines joining Hobby’s international terminal in the future.

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