Airport System 

The Houston Airport System (HAS) is one of the world’s leading multi-airport facilities and includes George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Field. HAS ranked 10th nationally and 29th internationally in passenger volume in 2017, carrying more than 54.7 million passengers and 455,805 metric tons of air freight, a 6.8% increase from 2016. The Houston Airport System is directly responsible for more than 230,000 jobs and has a local economic impact of more than $27 billion annually.

shutterstock_559714906George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston 

(IAH), situated twenty-three miles north of downtown Houston, is the nation’s 12th busiest airport serving 42 million passengers in 2017 and offering more than 190 domestic and international destinations, including non-stop direct flights to major cities in Europe, Mexico, Latin America and Asia. IAH is served by 29 scheduled passenger airlines and numerous charter airlines. The airport has 880,000 square feet of cargo area with capacity to handle up to 454,000 tons of cargo. In 2017, the airport handled 445,266 metric tons of cargo, an increase of 7.2% from the previous year. Currently, IAH has five terminals, no takeoff and landing curfews and ample land to expand its facilities as requirements demand. The scope and quality of IAH facilities make it one of the top U.S. airports for international air cargo traffic.

William P. Hobby Airport

(HOU) is located seven miles southeast of downtown Houston and is the 33rd busiest commercial airport in the U.S., handling over 13.2 million passengers in 2017. Hobby Airport also serves as a major regional center for corporate and private aviation, with four passenger airlines offering scheduled service to approximately 60 destinations within the the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. There are 250 private aircraft based at Hobby, including 91 corporate jets and five fixed-base operators serving the airport.

Ellington Field

(EFD) is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston and supports the operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas Army National Guard, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants. In June 2015, the city of Houston was approved by the FAA to build and operate a licensed, commercial spaceport. The Houston Spaceport will be a launch site for spacecraft and is now one of ten cities in the country holding an approved spaceport license by the FAA. It is currently in the first development phase.

 

IAH Air Freight Statistics & Trends
  • IAH ranked 12th largest air cargo hub in the U.S. 
  • IAH has 880,000 square feet of cargo area with capacity to handle up to 454,000 tons
  • IAH 2017 air freight cargo exceeded 445,266 metric tons
  • IAH has state-of-the-art facilities to globally transport time-sensitive products 
  • Houston is a major gateway for import-export trade and is expected to see continued growth 
  • IAH is the 12th busiest U.S. airport, serving nearly 42M passengers in 2017
                                                               


 

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This Airport System overview is part of the annual 2018 Houston Economic Outlook. For the full report click here

Sections covered in the full report include:

  • Population Growth
  • Employment Sector
  • Business Climate
  • Global Energy Capital
  • Petrochemical & Plastics Industry
  • Port Houston
  • NASA/Johnson Space Center
  • Mobility Infrastructure
  • Airport System
  • Texas Medical Center
  • Biosciences & Biotechnology

 

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