William P. Hobby Airport is a public
airport located 8 miles (13 km) southeast of the central business district of
Houston, Texas, United States.
The airport covers 1,304 acres
(5.3 km²) and has four runways
. Hobby Airport is Houston's oldest commercial
airport and was the city's primary air terminal until the opening
of Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush
Intercontinental Airport) in 1969.
Hobby serves the city as a
secondary airport handling domestic service and is a regional
center for corporate and private aviation. The airport is home of
the 1940 Air
Terminal Museum which houses a collection in the original art deco
building which served as the first terminal for passenger flight in
Hobby Airport began service in 1927 as a private landing field in a
600 acre (2.4 km²) pasture known as W.T. Carter Field. The airfield
was served by Braniff
and Eastern Airlines
. The site was acquired by
the City of Houston and was named Houston Municipal
in 1937. The airport was renamed Howard
R. Hughes Airport
in 1938. Howard Hughes
was responsible for several
improvements to the airport, including its first control tower,
built in 1938.The airport's name was changed back to Houston
Municipal because Hughes was living at the time and regulations did
not allow federal improvement funds for an airport named after a
The City of Houston opened and dedicated a new air terminal and
hangar in 1940.
Pan Am initiated a
In 1954, a new and expanded terminal
building was opened to support the 53,640 airline flights that
carried 910,047 passengers. The airport was renamed to Houston
International Airport the same year.
In 1957, the first scheduled turbojet aircraft were utilized in
service to the airport. KLM started Amsterdam operations in 1957. KLM
later moved to Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush
Intercontinental Airport), where it remains today.
the airport was renamed after former Texas governor
William P. Hobby
Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush
Intercontinental Airport) was built in 1969 because of expansion limitations
All commercial aviation operations at Hobby were
moved to Houston Intercontinental. The Civil Aeronautics
recommended years earlier that Houston begin to
plan to replace Hobby, since the airport was inadequate for the new
aviation travel market.
Hobby was reopened to commercial aviation in 1971. In 2008 the
airport handled 8.8 million passengers
Only US destinations and international destinations with border
preclearance are served.
Airport handles domestic service for seven commercial airlines and
is an international point of entry for general aviation activity
between Texas and Mexico.
Terminal of Hobby Airport
airport is capable of handling all but the largest narrow-body
aircraft in operation. Hobby has multiple low cost carrier
operations, as opposed to
Bush Intercontinental Airport's hub operation with Continental Airlines
In a survey among travelers in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates
Aviation Week traveler satisfaction report, passengers have
selected William P. Hobby Airport as the number one airport in the
country for customer satisfaction in 2006 and again in 2007. Hobby
ranked #2 in 2008.
Airlines operated more than 80 percent of the total
enplanements at Hobby in 2005 and an average of 10 flights per day
Southwest Airlines plans to maintain Houston as a
and is looking to serve new
markets from Hobby.
Developments at Hobby in the 2000s include a new concourse to serve
Southwest Airlines and the upgrade of Runway 4/22. In May 2009, a
terminal renovation project was announced that will update the
ticket counters, lobby area, and baggage claim.
The Houston Air
Route Traffic Control Center
serves as the airport's ARTCC
The interior of the airport
William P. Hobby Airport consists of one Central Concourse terminal
with 26 gates, all but 4 used by Southwest.
The terminal includes an interfaith
Airlines and destinations
Hobby Airport Transit Center
Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
, or METRO, stops at
Courtesy vans are operated by various hotels and motels in and
around the Houston Area. There are courtesy telephones in the
baggage claim areas to request pick-up for most hotels and
The airport is served by all major rental car companies. These
include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz,
National, and Thrifty. The rental car booths are located in the
baggage claim area where customers can make or confirm their
reservation. Once complete, customers board their respective car
rental shuttle bus to the car company site.
Shared-ride shuttle service is available at HOU. SuperShuttle takes
reservations and picks-up travelers at their homes or businesses
and transports them to the airport and vice versa. Additionally,
regularly scheduled bus and shuttle service is provided by various
carriers to locations from HOU to areas outside the Houston
Metropolitan area and to Galveston and College Station. These
services can be found in the baggage claim area.
Taxis are available at Curb Zone 3.
Accidents and incidents
The following involved flights departing or arriving at the
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Houston Airport System
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Houston Airport System
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Retrieved on November 22, 2008.