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Houston Hobby opens new international terminal

Southwest Airlines’ president and CEO, Gary Kelly, and Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, have officially opened the new international terminal at William P Hobby Airport.

Indeed, both were on hand yesterday to assist with the boarding process for the first international flight from the new complex, Southwest Airlines flight 305 to Cancún.

The $156 million project was fully funded by Southwest Airlines and completed on schedule and under budget.

The City of Houston is funding roadway improvements and building a new garage, the first phase of which will open later this autumn, to accommodate the additional international passengers.

The five-gate facility will accommodate regional international flights for Southwest, with services to the Caribbean, Mexico and the northern cities of South America.

The facility is Southwest’s first international terminal in its 45-year history.

"Our roots run deepest in Houston, one of our original Southwest cities, where our friendly people offer reliable service at low fares and help make Southwest the airline that now flies more travellers in the US every day than any other carrier," said Kelly.

"It's a fitting place to firmly plant our investment to connect Houstonians and millions of Southwest customers who will pass through this facility to what's important in their lives across a growing list of international service options."

Parker noted: "Houston's already strong connection to the Americas – both culturally and economically – just got even stronger.

"Houston has a well-earned reputation as a great place to do business, but it also features world-class amenities and an amazing quality of life. This partnership with Southwest will help provide limitless opportunities for businesses, residents, and tourists from the Americas to experience all of that."

Corgan provided architectural services to Southwest Airlines for the 280,000 square foot expansion of Houston Hobby Airport.

Located west of the main terminal, the new compelx's facilities include a new Southwest Airlines check-in hall, five-gate international concourse and a Federal Inspection Services facility. 

The new FIS facility accommodates 800 passengers per hour and is connected to five new gates capable of both international and domestic operations.

In addition to the FIS facility, the project included the construction of ramp and extended hydrant fueling system improvements, apron work and security checkpoint enhancements.

Corgan’s role as prime architect was the design and phasing of the facility while maintaining the existing HOU operations during the construction.

A 2012 study commissioned by the Houston Airport System indicated that the terminal will generate more than 10,000 jobs and will provide an economic impact of $1.6 billion, bringing in around one million additional passengers to Hobby Airport.

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