|Lake Charles Regional LCH||Lake Charles LA (49 miles)|
|Houston Hobby HOU||Houston TX (78 miles)|
|Houston Intercontinental IAH||Houston TX (78 miles)|
|Lafayette Regional LFT||Lafayette LA (122 miles)|
|Alexandria England Airpark AEX||Alexandria LA (129 miles)|
|Shreveport Regional SHV||Shreveport LA (173 miles)|
|Baton Rouge BTR||Baton Rouge LA (175 miles)|
|Monroe Regional MLU||Monroe LA (211 miles)|
|Austin Bergstrom AUS||Austin TX (218 miles)|
|Waco Regional ACT||Waco TX (221 miles)|
GREATER METRO AREA AIRPORTS
1. Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH is 15.3 miles from Houston's center. Even though not as big as Dallas-Fort Worth International, it is still Texas-size HUGE! Due to ever-ongoing construction, traffic to/from Houston can be challenging. Check-in lines move well, even during busiest times. Only fee-based Wi-Fi is available. Inter-terminal trains take you and your luggage quickly to your destination. Getting around the Airport can be a real challenge (wear comfortable shoes for the long walks), and security checks and lounges could stand an upgrade. Even though, the Airport gets high marks from both its passengers and airline crews. You are well advised to take into consideration the travel time between terminals. Note that Continental flies out of different terminals for its domestic and international flights. Always check your ticket to make sure you head for the right terminal. If you have, say, a 20-minute layover between flights, immediately head for your next departure gate, and if you cannot walk briskly, do take one of those little golf carts which zoom around shouting at everyone to get out of their way. If you are 'lost', use the nearest courtesy phone and ask for help, or try to find an Airport Ambassadors (in uniform) cruising the terminals. One advantage at this airport: Less of a chance of flight delays due to weather and more direct flights, thereby avoiding possible delays/cancelations at stopover airports.
2. Houston Hobby International Airport HOU --23.2 miles from Houston Bush--is located on the north end of Houston, 8.7 miles from its center. One passenger's comments sums it up: 'Nice little airport...Southwest pretty much owns it....plain vanilla, ... easy in, easy out, nice people, short lines'. The Airport has received recently a facelift, and more and more passengers discover this gem as an alternative to Houston Bush. Southwest and JetBlue offer cheaper airfares, parking is easier and cheaper, and there are nice restaurants. Best of all, it is very clean and has spacious restrooms. However, being a smaller airport, it still cannot match the choice of airlines and direct flights of Houston Busch.
3. Scholes at Galveston Airport GLS --58 miles from Houston Hobby--is located 3 miles west of downtown Galveston, Texas, and is at present a general aviation airport serving diverse aviation segments. GLS's Master Plan has considered the potential return of commercial airline service as well as the increasing trend of corporate aircraft and oil industry helicopter activity. In preparation for increased corporate activity, the ultimate plan considers the extension of the primary runway (17/35). The 1,200-acre airport offers a first class airport terminal, a 24 hour fixed base operator, 24 hour weather services, a 24 hour ARFF station on the field, a U.S. Customs agent on call and state-of-the-art navigational aids and precision approaches providing all-weather capabilities. Whether flying to Galveston Island for business or pleasure, the island offers a wealth of attractions, great restaurants, beaches and recreational activities in a tropical setting. At GLS there is never a charge for aircraft or vehicular parking.
4. Southeast Texas Regional Airport BPT --77.6 miles from Houston Hobby-- is close to the City of Beaumont, off Highways 69, 287 and 96 (Jerry Ware Drive exit) and close to Interstate 10--halfway between Houston and Baton Rouge, Texas. Also called SITRA Airport, it serves a regional population base of 500,000, with more than 30 million people within a 500-mile radius. About 100,000 passengers use Beaumont airport's 20,00 square-foot executive terminal annually. With two runways, the Airport is served by Continental Express, offering on average 20 non-stop flights a day to major Texas airline hubs with worldwide connections. Charter flights are also available.