Hobby Airport International

Three partners are working to make William P. Hobby International a reality! These three partners are The Houston Airport System, City of Houston and Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines has planned to break ground on the new international terminal at Hobby Airport by the end of September 2013. The estimated completion date and first international flights to take off in late 2015. Southest Airlines is funding the new five-gate international terminal at an estimated cost of $156 million.

This project includes a west concourse that will contain five gates designed for international operations. They will be able to handle narrow-body transport category airplanes and the development of Federal Inspection Services (FIS). The airlines will lease four of these gates for its first international destinations out of the airport. The project will also reconfigure and expand the security screening checkpoint and Southwest Airlines ticket counters.

The Houston Airport System is leading the design and construction activites for a new parking facility and roadway improvements at Hobby Airport in prepartaion for the new international terminal.

Design features include:

  • The vehicle approach that will begin at the west end of the current building and will feature an curbside drop-off area and an additional access point to the main check-in hall.
  • The concourse will feature a corridor on the secured side of the airport to enable flight connections for passengers.

A 2012 study estimates that the new terminal and resulting competition to close by international destinations will create over 10,000 jobs across the Greater Houston metropolitan area and generate an economic impact of $1.6 billion. The study estimates that the terminal will add 1.6 billion passengers on annual basis to Hobby Airport.