by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 02, 2013
On Monday, Southwest Airlines broke ground on a new international terminal at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, the start of a $156 million project. The new five-gate facility will serve regional international flights for the carrier, with flights to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and the northern cities of South America. "Establishing international air service at William P. Hobby Airport will benefit Houston passengers in a variety of different ways, including increasing competition, boosting the local economy and strengthening the ties that already exist with our friends in Latin America," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. A 2012 study commissioned by the Houston Airport System estimated that the terminal will bring in an additional 1 million passengers a year to Hobby Airport. The project is fully funded by Southwest. Anticipating the increase in passenger traffic, the Houston Airport System also is doing work, adding a multilevel parking garage and improving the existing roadway system.