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I think it will depend on how much of a dent Southwest dings CONT passenger count.

One thing I've been curious about is what IS the largest plane that can fly out of HOU?

I've seen both the 767-200 and -300 at Hobby. The -300 parked on the hardstand by Atlantic to take on fuel. -200 parked at Wilson Air. As for gates, I don't think there is enough room with the current configuration.

Oh yeah, I've also seen a C-17 there as well.

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It **appears** to be all systems go for Hobby INTERNATIONAL Airport.

"...But several City Hall sources say Parker has scheduled a news conference at the Southwest ticket counter at Hobby Airport."

http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2012/05/agreement-with-southwest-to-be-announced-tomorrow/

hobby is already international. I've done at least 2 international flights Edited by musicman
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hobby is already international. I've done at least 2 international flights

Not commercially.

This would be great for Hobby and the City of Houston. It's ridiculous that people are even giving weight to United's argument. They obviously are just looking out for profits, airlines should be allowed to compete.

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City Council has approved a deal to have Southwest Airlinesbuild a $100 million expansion of Hobby Airport to open it to international flights for the first time in more than 40 years.

The 16-1 vote authorizes five international gates and a Federal Inspection Services facility at Hobby. Southwest will pay for the expansion in exchange for control of four gates, an exemption from rent on the newly constructed facilities and a rebate linked to any increased sales at the airport once the airline starts its routes to Mexico and the Caribbean in 2015.

Houston Airport Director Mario Diaz promoted the expansionas having the potential to create 18,000 jobs and inject $1.6 billion a year into the local economy. He also predicted that the “Southwest effect” of lower fares would take hold if the airline were allowed to compete with United Airlines, which with its partners has a near monopoly on Latin American routes out of Bush Intercontinental Airport.

“Today’s historic vote is going to allow the creation of international and federal facilities at Hobby,” Councilwoman Melissa Noriega said.

Read more here:

http://blog.chron.co...anned-for-2015/

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Unconfirmed report from an online airline forum are stating that United Airlines announced to employees today that they will cut IAH capacity by 10%, cut 1300 jobs, cancel the IAH-Auckland route, and will NOT finish the Terminal B expansion at IAH. Again this is unconfirmed. Does anyone know if this information is true or not??

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Unconfirmed report from an online airline forum are stating that United Airlines announced to employees today that they will cut IAH capacity by 10%, cut 1300 jobs, cancel the IAH-Auckland route, and will NOT finish the Terminal B expansion at IAH. Again this is unconfirmed. Does anyone know if this information is true or not??

Ruh-roh

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Unconfirmed report from an online airline forum are stating that United Airlines announced to employees today that they will cut IAH capacity by 10%, cut 1300 jobs, cancel the IAH-Auckland route, and will NOT finish the Terminal B expansion at IAH. Again this is unconfirmed. Does anyone know if this information is true or not??

Doubtful. I would guess they merely repeated their threats to do such things. (i.e., "we may be forced to do x, y, and z). They will do what is most profitable for them, as they would have without the international service at HOU. Making such an announcement now, 2 years before the international service will start at HOU would be tantamount to announcing that United is run by petty, spiteful children who shouldn't be left alone in the house, let alone be running a multi-billion dollar international enterprise.

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Unconfirmed report from an online airline forum are stating that United Airlines announced to employees today that they will cut IAH capacity by 10%, cut 1300 jobs, cancel the IAH-Auckland route, and will NOT finish the Terminal B expansion at IAH. Again this is unconfirmed. Does anyone know if this information is true or not??

Any decision they make would simply use the city council decision as a scapegoat for whatever real reason there is for stopping. especially if they did it immediately after the announcement. Even if some flights will become less profitable for them once Hobby goes Int, that isn't the case yet.

Doubtful. I would guess they merely repeated their threats to do such things. (i.e., "we may be forced to do x, y, and z). They will do what is most profitable for them, as they would have without the international service at HOU. Making such an announcement now, 2 years before the international service will start at HOU would be tantamount to announcing that United is run by petty, spiteful children who shouldn't be left alone in the house, let alone be running a multi-billion dollar international enterprise.

well, there's this:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/black-pilots-claim-in-discrimination-lawsuit-that-united-offers-few-promotions-to-minorities/2012/05/30/gJQAIg4Q2U_story.html

which leads credence to your last statement, if proven true...

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Doubtful. I would guess they merely repeated their threats to do such things. (i.e., "we may be forced to do x, y, and z). They will do what is most profitable for them, as they would have without the international service at HOU. Making such an announcement now, 2 years before the international service will start at HOU would be tantamount to announcing that United is run by petty, spiteful children who shouldn't be left alone in the house, let alone be running a multi-billion dollar international enterprise.

Exactly. If they do follow through with this announcement, all it means is they were to make these cuts anyway for other reasons. The vote to allow HOU international flights just gives them a convenient excuse instead of having to come out with the real reasons for the changes. I.e, - the Auckland flight had no demand, or we've lost so many customers/accounts due to our lousy job with merger integration.

If those flights from IAH are making money - they will stay. If not, the 10% reduction was coming anyway which is not a surprise. Most airline mergers reduce capacity despite all the promises made to get approval.

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Unconfirmed report from an online airline forum are stating that United Airlines announced to employees today that they will cut IAH capacity by 10%, cut 1300 jobs, cancel the IAH-Auckland route, and will NOT finish the Terminal B expansion at IAH. Again this is unconfirmed. Does anyone know if this information is true or not??
I heard this from two different UA employes today.
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All of the unconfirmed report is apparently correct, save for not finishing the Terminal B expansion. That's still a maybe.

Well United shows its true colors, they are basically giving up before the competition even starts, LOL.

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All of the unconfirmed report is apparently correct, save for not finishing the Terminal B expansion. That's still a maybe.

Well United shows its true colors, they are basically giving up before the competition even starts, LOL.

Exactly right. What a pathetic, dishonest operation. I am a long-time platinum card holder and (very minor) stockholder with Continental. I am so offended and repulsed by United's behavior in this matter and their overall cluster($&@ of an airline operation that the stock is being dumped; I've taken American's offer of a status transfer; and will be flying Southwest a whole lot more (compared to never prior to the merger).

United is seriously in need of some adult supervision.

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Actually the more I think about Southwest getting to offer international from Hobby and then Smisek throwing a temper tantrum and taking his toy planes (that's all that will be cut anyway - the Saab jump jets etc to places that arguably shouldn't even have air service) and going home, the more I like it. If United truly cuts routes that are needed and make sense financially (See Auckland route for the antithesis of this.) another carrier will come in and sieze the opportunity.

Continental for years neglected IAH to build up their Newark hub - not saying this is a bad thing from the company's perspective - build up to become the largest carrier in the nation's biggest market vs. building up your existing fortress hub. Other carriers noticed that there was unserved demand and we ended up getting Qatar, Emirates, Singapore flights in the last few years. Continental could have stopped this and further cemented their dominance - but they were busy with Newark. So if United really wants to ignore the lucrative business travel that is present and growing in Houston because Southwest is allowed to compete for bargain-hunting beach vacationers, then I think that we might see more flights from better international carriers who are interested.

I think Houston flyers win - more competition for international flights on carriers with better services (especially now that we are at United service levels).

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Actually the more I think about Southwest getting to offer international from Hobby and then Smisek throwing a temper tantrum and taking his toy planes (that's all that will be cut anyway - the Saab jump jets etc to places that arguably shouldn't even have air service) and going home, the more I like it. If United truly cuts routes that are needed and make sense financially (See Auckland route for the antithesis of this.) another carrier will come in and sieze the opportunity.

Continental for years neglected IAH to build up their Newark hub - not saying this is a bad thing from the company's perspective - build up to become the largest carrier in the nation's biggest market vs. building up your existing fortress hub. Other carriers noticed that there was unserved demand and we ended up getting Qatar, Emirates, Singapore flights in the last few years. Continental could have stopped this and further cemented their dominance - but they were busy with Newark. So if United really wants to ignore the lucrative business travel that is present and growing in Houston because Southwest is allowed to compete for bargain-hunting beach vacationers, then I think that we might see more flights from better international carriers who are interested.

I think Houston flyers win - more competition for international flights on carriers with better services (especially now that we are at United service levels).

Well said!
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The fact that they announce layoffs before ground has even broken for the Hobby international terminal amply demonstrates that these actions are for revenge, not competitive pressure. They simply want to punish Houston for deciding against their wishes.

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The fact that they announce layoffs before ground has even broken for the Hobby international terminal amply demonstrates that these actions are for revenge, not competitive pressure. They simply want to punish Houston for deciding against their wishes.

Or, as has been pointed out by others, they were planning to do this anyway - and are now using the Hobby happenings as a scapegoat.

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United gives specific reasons for cuts. I never believed they were doing this because they were throwing a childish hissy fit.

Some of you have asked, “Why so soon, if Southwest does not intend to fly international flights out of HOU until 2015?”

Here’s why: There is a segment of our operation at IAH that is not profitable today. We have operated these flights expecting that future growth will improve the routes and make them profitable. As a result of the city’s decision to develop HOU as a competing international airport, the growth will not occur and, as a result, we will cut unprofitable flying in our schedule now rather than continue to lose money with no expectation of improvement.

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/06-04-12-united-explains-why-houston-city-council-hobby-expansion-cutting-jobs-now/

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United gives specific reasons for cuts. I never believed they were doing this because they were throwing a childish hissy fit.

http://houston.cultu...tting-jobs-now/

Subterfuge, my friend.

In other words, "we are incapable of competing and don't even have the creativity to come with a plan to attempt to do so"; If you are a smart stockholder, you'll bail out now while we still have SOME value. If they can't compete against Southwest here, how will they compete against them in Denver, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, etc. etc. etc.?

Wouldn't a rational, aggressive, intelligent business use the intervening 3 years to develop their network and service so they will be able to withstand the coming competition? Truly pathetic.

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Southwest literally beat the snot out of United in Denver. Southwest has been serving that market for just a few short years and they've totally chipped away at United's market share.

Also, Southwest announced double daily nonstop flights out of Hobby to Indianapolis and a single daily nonstop to Orange County starting in November. Looks for United to stop flying to Rio de Janeiro as a result. :)

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Just more bad news to pile on the plate:

http://finance.yahoo...-013013400.html

Southwest literally beat the snot out of United in Denver. Southwest has been serving that market for just a few short years and they've totally chipped away at United's market share.

Also, Southwest announced double daily nonstop flights out of Hobby to Indianapolis and a single daily nonstop to Orange County starting in November. Looks for United to stop flying to Rio de Janeiro as a result. :)

OC to HOU would be great for me.

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For some reason, I'm starting to agree with conclusions such as these:

Houston: You Blew It on United Hub

http://www.thestreet...united-hub.html

In my opinion, Houston airplane travelers may have won, but the Houston economy and employees lost out in the long run.

The most obvious problem with that analysis, is that United, and especially its Houston hub, will have to compete with Southwest for connecting traffic to Latin America/Caribbean destinations and would have had to do so no matter what decision was made by the Houston city council.

Southwest will fly to those destinations. If not from Houston, then from Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, New Orleans. Maybe even Oklahoma City. In any case, connecting passengers don't give a hoot which of those they connect through and would have provided the same competition to Houston's connecting traffic as it will by coming through Hobby. Was Miami's international traffic hurt be the establishment of low-fare international service from Fort Lauderdale Airport? No.

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It almost sounds like that analysis was written by United's P.R. department.

In addition to what 19514 said, the article's whole basic premise is wrong. If this is true:

"United's Houston hub is also the third most profitable major airline operation in the country in terms of profit margin, according to Scott Kirby, president of US Airways (LCC_). The golden egg is the vast benefit it brings to Houston's economy."

Then United's shareholders should be suing United for gross mismanagement for pulling down operations at IAH when they have such a stranglehold over the hub.

In reality, these cuts are nothing but the trimming and re-arranging of routes as the merger progresses. They are moving planes all over the system now that they have a much bigger variety in their fleet in order to maximize usage. Nothing wrong with that. But this was planned anyway.

And what non-stop international flights are we losing? One to Auckland which dubiously made sense when Continental launched it as they had no western hub, but now that United has hubs on the west coast - makes no sense and a flight to Morelia, Mexico. And we are gaining non-stop internationals (or competition) to Cancun and a couple of other cities in Mexico and the Caribbean. Doesn't sound like a net loss there.

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For some reason, I'm starting to agree with conclusions such as these:

Houston: You Blew It on United Hub

http://www.thestreet...united-hub.html

In my opinion, Houston airplane travelers may have won, but the Houston economy and employees lost out in the long run.

Respectfully disagree. This was written by a stock analyst trying to curry favor (maybe United will grant him Diamond elite status?). He's also probably not happy that it's going to cut into UAL's profitability, thus limiting the stock. And he *completely* ignores all the Latin American tourism we may get coming to Houston as a result of competition and lower fares. The Auckland flight was gone anyway (they had already pre-announced using that 787 on Denver-Tokyo). And some minor United cutbacks in Latin America service are going to hurt Houston's business competitiveness? Please. "You know, we'd grow in Houston with 650 daily United flights, but 600? Nah, unacceptable!" And I'm betting most of those will come back once SWA stimulates lower prices and more demand. Now compare that to businesses who do a lot of Latin America business, whether U.S. companies (or their Latin divisions) or U.S. branches of Latin American companies: "Low fare competition to lots of our destinations? Sold!" They might even consider Houston over Miami!

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I am very open to being wrong. I know my opnion is not among the majority (or nationally?).

It seems like most Houstonians are upset at United and are evaluating this with that same mindset. Many are saying United is reacting like a child and getting back at Houston in a sense. I don't want to ignore the possibility that they are reacting emotionally, but I just don't see it. They are running a business. This is not high school. They are more interested in making money than "getting back" at Houston (unless they can do both).

In my opinion the SWA decision is going to make a legitimate business impact and I believe the recent moves is truly a reflection of that.

It seems most giving "real" reasons for those moves is simply speculation and conjecture. They could be true, I don't know. As of now, I don't think so.

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I am very open to being wrong. I know my opnion is not among the majority (or nationally?).

It seems like most Houstonians are upset at United and are evaluating this with that same mindset. Many are saying United is reacting like a child and getting back at Houston in a sense. I don't want to ignore the possibility that they are reacting emotionally, but I just don't see it. They are running a business. This is not high school. They are more interested in making money than "getting back" at Houston (unless they can do both).

In my opinion the SWA decision is going to make a legitimate business impact and I believe the recent moves is truly a reflection of that.

It seems most giving "real" reasons for those moves is simply speculation and conjecture. They could be true, I don't know. As of now, I don't think so.

Competition is always nice. However, even if this didn't happen I would still fly by the same philosophy. Pick the airline that makes the most sense (for me) logistically and financially. I happen to live downtown so I try to fly out of hobby first and if I can't find a flight there then IAH is next in line.
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It remains to be seen which nonstop routes, if any, get pulled by UA. We can only speculate on the impact on planned routes, although one of the graphics in UA's report did show a few unidentified intercontinental routes (trans-Pacific and Atlantic) as future possibilities that could be at risk. The problem comparing the Houston situation with Miami is on a couple of levels. Primarily, MIA has MUCH larger demand to/from Latin America - no other US city is close. So even though FLL competes with Miami, Miami's Latin dominance is large enough to more than offset the competition. And the connecting AA hub at MIA is just an extra benefit, since Miami can support most of its Latin destinations on local traffic alone. This is why even though Houston is arguably the #2 hub city for Latin America, it doesn't have nearly the same capacity or extent of destinations (outside of small RJ destinations in Mexico) that Miami does. Where it gets very risky for Houston is that Houston's O&D (Origin and Destination) traffic numbers are relatively small for a city of its size, and the array of nonstop destinations served from IAH are largely a result of the artificial connecting hub Continental built here. This is similar to ATL and DFW, which are also overserved in nonstop destinations for their city cizes due to large connecting complexes. However, even Atlanta and Dallas have more O&D traffic than Houston - and all of Atlanta's traffic and DFW's international traffic is constrained to one airport. So if United does decide it needs to pull back routes, Houston could very well find the loss of nonstop options that are not supported by O&D numbers alone. Another carrier is not likely to serve a low O&D destination nonstop unless it feeds a connecting hub for them, so nonstop destinations that currently only exist due to connecting possibilities could certainly be at risk of being lost and not replaced. This same situation doesn't exist in other multi-hub cities like NY, LA, the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago, or DC since the O&D traffic is so much greater in those cities that massive connecting fotress hubs aren't as necessary to support their various non-stop destinations.

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As was mentioned before, absolutely nothing changes about United's connecting traffic. Any passenger connecting thru IAH had a dozen other connecting options they could have chosen, including, at some point in the future, Southwest, no matter what cities they decide to use for Latin America service. Here's what changes: United could gouge local passengers on intl nonstops, and thus offer cheap connecting tickets and still have very profitable flights overall. Our city shouldn't really care what connecting passengers are paying, it should care about what our own local citizens have to pay to travel. Opening up competition will help that. And I still believe the lower local prices (which United has to match) will stimulate demand, thus creating more flights overall, inc. from United. They just won't be as profitable for United. In essence, we're forcing United to offer the same discounted fares to locals that they currently offer to connecting passengers, at least to the limited set of destinations Southwest will serve.

BTW, on another note, all of these pro-United arguments have an additional problem that they apply just as well to domestic service as intl service, yet does anybody really believe we'd be better off if we closed Hobby and shut down competitive SWA domestic service?

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It remains to be seen which nonstop routes, if any, get pulled by UA. We can only speculate on the impact on planned routes, although one of the graphics in UA's report did show a few unidentified intercontinental routes (trans-Pacific and Atlantic) as future possibilities that could be at risk. The problem comparing the Houston situation with Miami is on a couple of levels. Primarily, MIA has MUCH larger demand to/from Latin America - no other US city is close. So even though FLL competes with Miami, Miami's Latin dominance is large enough to more than offset the competition. And the connecting AA hub at MIA is just an extra benefit, since Miami can support most of its Latin destinations on local traffic alone. This is why even though Houston is arguably the #2 hub city for Latin America, it doesn't have nearly the same capacity or extent of destinations (outside of small RJ destinations in Mexico) that Miami does. Where it gets very risky for Houston is that Houston's O&D (Origin and Destination) traffic numbers are relatively small for a city of its size, and the array of nonstop destinations served from IAH are largely a result of the artificial connecting hub Continental built here. This is similar to ATL and DFW, which are also overserved in nonstop destinations for their city cizes due to large connecting complexes. However, even Atlanta and Dallas have more O&D traffic than Houston - and all of Atlanta's traffic and DFW's international traffic is constrained to one airport. So if United does decide it needs to pull back routes, Houston could very well find the loss of nonstop options that are not supported by O&D numbers alone. Another carrier is not likely to serve a low O&D destination nonstop unless it feeds a connecting hub for them, so nonstop destinations that currently only exist due to connecting possibilities could certainly be at risk of being lost and not replaced. This same situation doesn't exist in other multi-hub cities like NY, LA, the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago, or DC since the O&D traffic is so much greater in those cities that massive connecting fotress hubs aren't as necessary to support their various non-stop destinations.

All very interesting. And yet more evidence that Southwest's international service will help grow the international O&D market.

You are quite correct that Houston historically has had pretty low O&D numbers. I don't know why. But I recall years ago reading that is one of the reasons Continental saw so much potential to grow their hub here... because the O&D market had huge room for growth.

And as Tory mentioned above, if it is loss of connecting traffic that is going to kill our routes, the effect on United (and therefore, on Houston) would have been identical whether Southwest's flights are operated out of Hobby, Austin, or even had they been operated out of Bush (which United very dishonestly pretended to welcome with open arms).

Any thoughts on why Houston's O&D traffic is relatively low? That has always struck me as odd. (Currently, it is no doubt at least partially attributable to the monopolistic pricing imposed by United... but not sure that explains the historical pattern.)

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Just got this in the e-mail:


New Baggage Claim at Hobby Airport is Open

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HOUSTON, June 25, 2012 - Improvements continue to arrive at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), as the new baggage claim operation is opened to the public. The renovated space offers passengers a number of improved features, including new terrazzo flooring, longer baggage conveyors, upgraded lighting and larger restroom facilities.

“We’ve made a commitment to the public to return our facilities to opening day fresh,” says Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. “This renovation goes a long way in living up to that commitment. This is a high-traffic area where customers will definitely notice the improvements, especially compared to the previous layout.”

The construction project began in June 2010, and over the past two years passengers have used a temporary baggage area while the renovated space was being completed. Customers were directed to the new baggage claim area for the first time on June 26, 2012.

It is the same footprint of the original baggage claim area that had been open since the airport opened in 1965. But, the new space is an open concept, making the area look larger and much brighter. Customers will no longer see the green tile flooring and wooden locker facilities that had become synonymous with the prior baggage claim area.

“Hobby Airport has come a long way in a short amount of time. We’ve been able to upgrade the airport in several different areas that have made a huge impact to our customers,” says Ross Underhill, Hobby Airport acting general manager. “Now that the baggage claim area is open, we’ll set our focus on opening the U-ramp up again.”

The completion of the new baggage claim area represents a major step forward in the progression of the $350 million Hobby Airport renovations. So far, there have been new ticket counter spaces added, lobby and artwork.

Ticket Counters: Moved all carriers, except for Southwest Airlines, to renovated space.

Lobby: Remodeled main entryway/lobby and elevator/escalator passageway.

Art: Installed several new art pieces, both inside and outside the airport.

Next up is the opening of the U-Ramp in August, 2012.

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I guess the theme is "Sugar Land McMansion." It's all so very... beige.

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Wasn't this where the baggage claim before the last baggage claim was?

The press release said:

"It is the same footprint of the original baggage claim area that had been open since the airport opened in 1965."

Yes, the baggage claim is in the same place it was before the remodel started.

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The press release said:

"It is the same footprint of the original baggage claim area that had been open since the airport opened in 1965."

Yes, the baggage claim is in the same place it was before the remodel started.

They don't fact check much, do they? The airport opened in 1927, and the current terminal opened in 1954.

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The Houston Airport System recently released a new plan and schedule for Hobby Airport’s international expansion.

According to a presentation shown to Houston City Council Feb. 4, Houston’s airport authority plans to build a new parking garage and a new concourse, expand its terminal and make roadway modifications at Hobby to accommodate international flights. The project is scheduled over the course of more than two years.

During the terminal expansion, HAS plans to build a new ticket counter, add six additional security checkpoint lanes, add five new arrival and departure gates and add a new Federal Inspections Services facility for international travelers to go through Customs and Border Protection. The FIS facility itself will have its own baggage claim, 16 passport inspection stations and allow for 400 to 800 passengers to travel through it during peak hours.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) led the push for Houston City Council to approve plans for Hobby’s expansion as an international airport. The Dallas-based airline hopes to fly international routes to Latin America out of Hobby.

The city approved the expansion plans in May 2012, and Southwest agreed pay for building the new terminal. In the recent presentation, HAS estimated the terminal will cost Southwest about $150 million.

Corgan Associates Inc. will design the terminal, but a contractor has not yet been selected.

HAS plans to pay for and construct the new parking garage and roadway modifications.

The new parking garage will have more than 2,500 parking spaces and cost about $55 million, and the roadway modifications, which will cost about $12 million, will include putting in an elevated roadway.

Construction on the project is expected to break ground this May, and vertical construction is expected to be complete in September 2015.

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HobbyFest Celebrates William P. Hobby Airport
Saturday, May 4

Join hundreds of people gathering for a family-friendly day at HobbyFest, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) on the East Ramp near the tarmac. Admission is free with non-perishable food items, which will benefit the Interfaith Chapel at Hobby as well as the chapel's scholarship fund.

Activities include the Nintendo video game bus, live music, moonwalks, face painting, a Mad Science Exhibit and more. Additionally, there are special drawings for local charities. To participate in the drawing, simply make a donation and you could win one of the many prizes, including JetBlue and Southwest roundtrip airline tickets, Houston Symphony tickets, a certificate to stay at The Houstonian Resort Hotel, Alley Theatre tickets, Pappas Restaurants gift cards and more.

A Bar-B-Que Cook-Off allows individuals or teams to participate with entry fees that begin at $25.

To locate the event as you arrive at Hobby Airport, follow the "Special Events" signs to the site for HobbyFest.

For more information about HobbyFest, visit www.fly2houston.com/HobbyFest. To learn more about the Houston Airport System, visit http://www.fly2houston.com/.

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Hobby Airport Southwest Airlines has a new website dedicated to the international terminal being constructed, along with construction progess and contruction related travel notifications, etc. Has a neat historical timeline along with photos as well:

http://houhobby.com/

 

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Hobby Airport has a new website dedicated to the international terminal being constructed, along with construction progess and contruction related travel notifications, etc. Has a neat historical timeline along with photos as well:

http://houhobby.com/

 

Cool site.  But note that it is not Hobby's site.  It is actually Southwest Airlines.  While our airport administration and websites have improved drastically over the years, sadly, they still don't have the ability to have that good or current of a website.  (See, for example, HAS's "latest construction update" dated March 2013.  (And it is consistently 2+ months behind.)

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Cool site.  But note that it is not Hobby's site.  It is actually Southwest Airlines.  While our airport administration and websites have improved drastically over the years, sadly, they still don't have the ability to have that good or current of a website.  (See, for example, HAS's "latest construction update" dated March 2013.  (And it is consistently 2+ months behind.)

 

Thanks, I updated the post.

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It is great that Houston will have two international airports.  United has always matched WN fares, and been competing for 30 years.  I do not think five gates at Hobby will make that much of an impact.  WN just wants a share of the Latin America market.  WN knows the domestic market is flat and I do not think the fares will go down.  To travel to Mexico we have to pay over $100.00 in taxes.  I have seen airfares lower then the taxes, and WN will also figure out the price of landing fees, gate fees.  It costs a lot of money to rent a gate in Cancun.  With the price of jet fuel, WN will loose money in the short term.  Don't forget American Airlines is number 1 to Latin America, then United and Delta.  To save money WN cancelled 50 new planes from Boeing, while United has 200 on order and are receiving 737-900ER every month. Also United will obtain the first 737 MAX which will change the industry.

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