More than 58 million passengers passed through the Houston Airport System in 2018

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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 2018, carrying more than 58 million passengers and 539,856 metric tons of air freight, an 18% increase from 2017. 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.

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GEORGE BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT/HOUSTON

(IAH), situated twenty-three miles north of downtown Houston, is North America’s 15th busiest airport serving 43.8 million passengers in 2018 and offering more than 180+ domestic and international destinations, including non-stop direct flights to major cities in Europe, Mexico, Latin America and Asia. IAH is served by 28 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 2018, the airport handled 504,740 metric tons of cargo, an increase of 13.3% 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 nation’s 36th busiest commercial airport, handling over 14.5 million passengers in 2018. Hobby Airport also serves as a major regional center for corporate and private aviation, with four passenger airlines offering scheduled service to approximately 65+ destinations within 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. Ellington has three state-of-th-art active runways and accommodates more than 4,000 general aviation operations per year. 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. 

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IAH Air Freight Statistics & Trends
  • IAH is the 15th busiest North American airport, serving nearly 43.8M passengers in 2018 
  • IAH has 880,000 square feet of cargo area with capacity to handle up to 454,000 tons
  • IAH 2018 air freight cargo exceeded 504,740 metric tons
  • IAH has state-of-the-art facilities to globally transport time-sensitive products 
  • 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
                                                               


 

2019_Houston_EconomicOutlook_FrontPageThis Houston Airport System overview is part of the annual 2019 Houston Economic Outlook.

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